887 is a journey into the realm of memory. The idea for this project originated from the childhood memories of Robert Lepage; years later, he plunges into the depths of his memory and questions the relevance of certain recollections. 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?
887 considers various commemorative markers—the names of parks, streets, stelae and monuments—and the historical heritage around us that we no longer notice. Consequently, the play also focuses on oblivion, the unconscious, and this memory that fades over time and whose limits are compensated for by digital storage, mountains of data and virtual memory. In this era, how is theatre, an art based on the act of remembering, still relevant today? All of these questions are distilled into a story where Lepage, somewhere between a theatre performance and a conference, reveals the suffering of an actor who—by definition, or to survive—must remember not only his text, but also his past, as well as the historical and social reality that has shaped his identity.
887 – Ex Machina / Robert Lepage
Written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage
Creative Direction and Design Steve Blanchet
Dramaturg Peder Bjurman
Assistant Director Adèle Saint-Amand
Composer and Sound Designer Jean-Sébastien Côté
Lighting Designer Laurent Routhier
Image Designer Félix Fradet-Faguy
Associate Set Designer Sylvain Décarie