Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Robert Lepage's 887
On the occasion of SFU’s 50th Anniversary, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, in partnership with Théâtre la Seizième, present:
Robert Lepage's 887
A new creation by Robert Lepage and Ex Machina
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Following the sold-out success of Blue Dragon / Le Dragon Bleu (2010) and Far Side of the Moon (2012) at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs is pleased to host the Western Canadian Premiere of 887, a solo masterpiece starring Robert Lepage, previously only seen in Canada this past July at Toronto's Panamania Festival to great acclaim.
"Lepage has packed it with so many theatrical and technological tricks that  demands to be seen. He can still make a sophisticated audience feel like small children surprised and delighted by their first magic show." – Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail, July 2015
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?
How does memory work? What are its underlying mechanisms? How does a personal memory resonate within the collective memory?
"Two hours, with no interval, of often ingenious storytelling never pales." – Veronica Lee, The Evening Standard, August 2015 on 887 at the Edinburg International Festival
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.
Post-event talkbacks with Robert Lepage
Wednesday, February 17th - Moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor of the Georgia Straight
Sunday, February 21st - Moderated by Craig Holzschuh, Artistic and Managing Director of Théâtre la Seizième
An Ex Machina production, 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 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 / SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, on the occasion of Simon Fraser University's 50th Anniversary, Vancouver