National Taichung Theater

CANCELLED--2020 NTT-TIFA Robert Lepage ╳ Ex Machina The Far Side of the Moon

120 minutes without intermission. 
Grand Theater 
Date and Time
2020/4/24 Fri. 19:30│2020/4/25 Sat. 14:30│2020/4/26 Sun. 14:30 
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The performance is cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Customers who have purchased tickets to The Far Side of the Moon can apply for a full refund until May 31, 2020. Refund will be processed automatically for tickets settled by credit card. Ticket holder with ticket previously settled by cash, please visit ArtsTicket System or call +886-4-2251-1777.

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Refund can be processed at Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung service centers before May 31, 2020. If unable to apply for refund in person, please mail the ticket(s), a copy of your passbook, and your contact information to National Taichung Theater before May 31, 2020, at

National Taichung Theater, Box Office
40756 No. 101, Sec. 2, Huilai Rd.,Xitun District, Taichung City.
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120 minutes without intermission.

Performed in English with Chinese surtitles

This program contains drug and sexual references, strobe and smoke effects on stage. Viewers discretion is advised.

Suggested for ages 12+

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Robert Lepage ╳ Ex Machina The Far Side of the Moon

The Far Side of the Moon, directed by Robert Lepage, performed by Yves Jacques and premiered in Quebec City in March 2000, concentrates on the conflict between two brothers who are trying to come to grips with the death of their mother. It tells the story of the Soviet-American space race and focuses on cosmonaut Leonov, confronted with the immensity of interplanetary space as he took his first steps out of the Voskhod 2 spacecraft.

Bringing forth a mad but sincere project for a space elevator that would allow humans to confront the Void, it also sees a goofy but touching video recording by the main character sent out to space, in an attempt to show potential extraterrestrial viewers the poetry that sometimes hides in human daily life.

Featured Artists

Robert Lepage

Robert Lepage


Yves Jacques

Yves Jacques


Creative and Production Team

Ex Machina

Founded in 1994, Ex Machina is a multidisciplinary company bringing together actors, writers, set designers, puppeteers, contortionists and musicians. The creative team of Ex Machina believes that the performing arts - dance, opera, music - should be mixed with recorded arts - filmmaking, video art and multimedia. With new artistic forms emerging from the diverse gatherings. Ex Machina wants to rise to the challenge and become an incubator for a form of theatre that will reach and touch audiences from this new millennium. 

Director & playwright / Robert Lepage

Performer/ Yves Jacques

Original music composed and recorded / Laurie Anderson

Production / Ex Machina



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Robert Lepage Director

Robert Lepage

Versatile in every form of theatre craft, Robert Lepage is equally talented as a director, playwright, actor and film director. His creative and original approach to theatre has won him international acclaim and shaken the dogma of classical stage direction to its foundations, especially through his use of new technologies.


Photo Credit V. Tony Hauser


Yves Jacques Actor

Yves Jacques

Yves Jacques career has led him from his native Quebec City to Montreal and on to

Paris where he currently performs on stage and screen.

On stage, he has been touring worldwide for almost twenty years with two Robert Lepage plays, The Far Side of the Moon (from 2001) and The Andersen Project (from 2007). Most recently he has worked with Mathieu Quesnel, an up and coming Montreal director.

He has done film work with French Canadian director Denis Arcand and has appeared in seven films of French director Claude Miller.

His work with Lepage led Luc Bondy, the late Director of the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris, to offer him a role alongside Isabelle Huppert in Marivaux’s Les Fausses Confidences (False Acquaintances). A film inspired by the play was also produced for ARTE with the same director and cast. He has appeared in many other films including Grace of Monaco and Martin Scorsese’s Aviator. You can also see Yves Jacques in a Netflix production called Mythomaniac.

Jacques was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2001, and he is an Officer of the Order of Canada since 2009 for his achievements as an actor in theatre, television and film, in Canada and abroad.


Photo crédit Pierre Dury