Ex Machina/ Robert Lepage

1 - 10 June 2017 / 19:45, 15:00

Robert Lepage’s most autobiographical play to date is a riveting tale about memory, belonging and collective history, conveyed in a tender one-man performance animated by a transforming set.

Standing beside a rotating doll’s house replica of his childhood home – the block of flats at 887 Murray Avenue – Lepage opens a beguiling window to the past. Delivered in a mixture of poetry and prose, his intimate recollections of family life illuminate the struggles of Québécois society of the time while inviting us into his present-day world.

Unable to retain the words of a poem for a recital, the Canadian theatre-maker begins an investigation into the act of remembering. Leading to a retracing of his roots, in a divided 1960s Québec, his narration ricochets across decades and themes. Matching ingenious storytelling with a meticulously crafted staging that plays with scale through innovative technologies, this is a tantalising solo show from an iconic artist.

2 hours/no interval

Age guidance 14+

Performed in English and French with English surtitles

This event is part of:
Quebec, Canada

Presented by the Barbican

An Ex Machina production

887 is supported by the Québec Government Office, London

Commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Co-produced by the Barbican; le lieu unique – Nantes; La Comète – Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne; Edinburgh International Festival, Aarhus Festuge; Théâtre de la Ville – Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris; Romaeuropa Festival 2015; Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy; Ysarca Arts Promotions – Pilar de Yzaguirre; Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon; SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs on the occasion of Simon Fraser University's 50th Anniversary, – Vancouver; Le Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa; Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde – Montréal; Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre; Canadian Stage – Toronto; Théâtre du Trident – Québec; La Coursive Scène nationale La Rochelle and Le Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre; The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; The Bergen International Festival
Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez
Associate Production - Europe and Japan Richard Castelli - Epidemic
Associate Production - The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ Menno Plukker Theatre Agent

Photo credit: Érick Labbé


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