※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+
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.
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
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 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