Cultural

Robert Lepage / Ex Machina
Onassis Cultural Centre |

“The cosmos is dark, comrades, very dark”: so said Yuri Gagarin on seeing Earth from space for the first time. The mission of his fellow cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, the first man to conduct a space walk a few years later, provoked other profound thoughts on the vast distances separating the heavenly bodies and the equally immense expanses of nothingness between them. The melancholy of the cosmonaut is more than a metaphor in this production, which is perhaps the most visually stunning work from the Canadian wizard of the stage, Robert Lepage, whose Greek debut this is. The Cold War space and arms race between the Soviets and Americans, the Alien Intelligence programme and the childhood and adolescent memories of two brothers who clash after the death of their mother provide the raw material for this unique theatrical experience which addresses the Big Question: are we alone in the universe. The Far Side of the Moon, which features music written for the production by Laurie Anderson, is a seminal production in world theatre.

Written and directed by: Robert Lepage
Performed by: Yves Jacques
Script consultant: Adam Nashman
Artistic collaborator and project originator: Peder Bjurman
Assistant to the director: Pierre-Philippe Guay
Original music composed and recorded by: Laurie Anderson © 2000 Difficult Music (BMI)
Assistant set designer: Marie-Claude Pelletier
Assistant lighting designer: Bernard White
Costume designer: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
Puppet designers: Pierre Robitaille, Sylvie Courbron
Puppeteer: Éric Leblanc
Images produced by: Jacques Collin, Véronique Couturier
Audio editing: Jean-Sébastien Côté
Robert Lepage’s agent: Lynda Beaulieu
Production Manager: Louise Roussel
Technical Coordinator: Michel Gosselin
Technical Director: Dany Beaudoin
Production Manager (Touring) & Tour Manager: Marie-Pierre Gagné
Technical Director (Touring): Patrick Durnin
Stage Manager: Martin Genois
Lighting Manager: Renaud Pettigrew
Sound Manager: Stanislas Elie
Video Manager: Francis Leclerc
Costume & Props Manager: Isabel Poulin
Head Stagehand: Mathieu Thébaudeau
Stagehand: Emmanuelle Nappert
Set building: Les Conceptions Visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr

Host’s voice: Bertrand Alain, Lorraine Côté
Additional music by: Beethoven, John Coltrane, Led Zeppelin
Soviet space images: Ultimax Group, Inc.

IN FRENCH WITH GREEK SURTITLES
Translation into Greek: Louiza Mitsakou

Produced by: Ex Machina

In coproduction with:
Aarhus Festuge, Aarhus
Bergen Internasjionale Festival, Bergen
Berliner Festspiele, Berlin
BITE:03, Barbican, London
Bonlieu Scène Nationale, Annecy
Cal Performances, University of California at Berkeley
Change Performing Arts, Milan
Cultural Industry Ltd., London
Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hambourg
Dublin Theatre Festival
Espace Malraux  Scène Nationale Chambéry-Savoie, Chambéry
Festival de Otoño, Madrid
FIDENA, Bochum
Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival, Göteborg
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
La Comète scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne
La Coursive, La Rochelle
Le Manège Scène Nationale, Maubeuge
Le Théâtre du Trident, Québec
Le Volcan Maison de la Culture, Le Havre
Les Cultures du Travail – Forbach 2000, Forbach
Le Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
Les Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
Maison des Arts, Créteil
Northern Stage at Newcastle Playhouse, Newcastle
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens
Pilar de Yzaguirre – Ysarca, Madrid
Schauspielhaus Zurich
Setagaya Public Theater, Tokyo
Steirischer Herbst, Graz
Théâtre de Namur, Namur
Teatro Nacional São João, Porto
Théâtre d’Angoulême, Scène Nationale, Angoulême
Théâtre de Sartrouville & des Yvelines, Sartrouville
The Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, New York
The Irvine Barclay Operating Company, Irvine
The Royal National Theatre, London
The Sydney Festival, Sydney
TNT-Théâtre National de Toulouse, Toulouse
Tramway Dark Lights, Glasgow
UC Davis Presents, Davis
Wiener Festwochen, Vienna

Associate producer, Europe, Japan: Richard Castelli
Associate Producer’s Management team, Europe, Japan: Florence Berthaud,Rossana Di Vincenzo, Claire Dugot
Associate producer, United Kingdom: Michael Morris
Associate producer, The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ: Menno Plukker
Producer for Ex Machina: Michel Bernatchez

The Far Side of the Moon was first performed at Le Théâtre du Trident in Quebec City on February 29th 2000.
Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec’s Arts and Literature Council and  the City of Quebec.
This production has been subsidized by the Millennium Arts Fund of the Canada Council for the Arts.
www.exmachina.qc.ca

2011, October 12-16

ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

20:30 Main Stage

107-109 Syngrou Avenue, 11745 Athens, Greece
Information/Tickets: 210 900 5 800,
Administration: 213 0 178000

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