887 is a journey into the realm of memory by and with theatre legend Robert Lepage.
887 Murray Avenue is the address of an apartment building in Quebec City, where a taxi driver lived with his wife and three children. The youngest was called Robert, and is the artist, director, designer and writer behind this solo performance.
The performance explores our personal and collective memory: Why do we remember the phone number from our youth yet forget our current one? How does a childhood song withstand the test of time, permanently ingrained in our minds, while the name of a loved one escapes us? Why does meaningless information stick with us, but other, more useful information falls away?
These and other questions about our memory are distilled into a story which connects our personal, unreliable recollections with the historical and social reality.
Robert Lepage has pushed against all boundaries of drama, opera, film, multimedia installations, musical theatre and contemporary circus for almost four decades. “Touching, intimate, powerful”, wrote The Guardian newspaper.
“The only way you talk about history with a capital H is to look at history with a lowercase h. I went looking for my family and I discovered the story of Quebec.” – ROBERT LEPAGE
887 by Ex Machina/Robert Lepage
Robert Lepage script, design, direction, artist
Louisa Blair English translation
Steve Blanchet creative director and Ideation
Peder Bjurman dramaturg
Adèle Saint-Amand assistant director
Jean-Sébastien Côté composer and sound designer
Laurent Routhier lighting designer
Félix Fradet-Faguy image designer
Sylvain Décarie associate set designer
Ariane Sauvé associate prop designer
Jeanne Lapierre associate costumes designer
Michel Bernatchez producer for Ex Machina
Richard Castelli – Epidemic co-production Europa and Japan
Performed in English
Commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in co-production with le lieu unique, Nantes / La Comète - Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne / Edinburgh International Festival / Århus Festuge / Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / Festival d'Automne à Paris / Romaeuropa Festival 2015 / Bonlieu Scène nationale d'Annecy / Ysarca Art Promotions - Pilar de Yzaguirre / Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon / Le Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts d'Ottawa / Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal / Programmes culturels SFU, à l'occasion du 50e anniversaire de l'Université Simon Fraser, Vancouver / Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Bergen International Festival. Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec's Arts and Literature Council and the City of Quebec.
Sponsored by PwC
Dialogue: Who are we? Meet director Robert Lepage in conversation with Danish theatre critic Monna Dithmer. at Den Nationale Scene Thursday 25 May at 16:00.