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The Far Side of the Moon

Ex Machina
Written and Directed by Robert Lepage

Adelaide Premiere

  • About

    The greatest and most acclaimed work by iconic Canadian auteur, Robert Lepage, seen in 45 cities around the world, finally comes to Adelaide.

    Premiered in 2000, and performed as a virtuosic solo by Yves Jacques, The Far Side of the Moon is the story of two brothers - one flashy and successful, the other self-doubting and permanently upstaged – who gradually become entwined in the history of the Soviet-US space race. The struggle between ambition and idleness, the practical and the idealistic and the ordinary and the otherworldly are played out in the work’s magical fusion of video, theatre and puppetry, along with the mysterious teachings the universe holds for those brave enough to look to the stars and ponder.

    With its wit, ingenuity and endearing characterisation you could mistake it for a brilliant sitcom but its intelligence, dazzling stagecraft and memorable soundtrack by Laurie Anderson, make it one of the most profoundly satisfying pieces of theatre you’re ever likely to see.

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  • Credits

    Written & 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
    Set Consultant Carl Fillion
    Images Produced by Jacques Collin, Véronique Couturier
    Audio Editing Jean-Sébastien Côté
    Production Manager Louise Roussel
    Technical Coordinator Michel Gosselin
    Technical Director Dany Beaudoin
    Production Manager (Touring) Vanessa Landry-Claverie
    Tour Manager Léa Touzé
    Technical Director (Touring) Olivier Bourque
    Stage Manager Francis Beaulieu
    Sound Manager Stanislas Elie
    Video Manager Steve Montambault
    Costume & Props Manager Isabel Poulin
    Stagehands Anne Marie Bureau, Jean-Félix Labrie
    Set Building Les Conceptions Visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr
    Host's Voice Normand Bissonnette, Martine Rochon
    Additional Music "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
    "Naima" by John Coltrane
    "I Gaze at the Moon" by Michael White
    "Space Dryer" by Michael White
    Soviet Space Images The Ultimax Group, Inc.
    Director's Agent Lynda Beaulieu
    Produced by Ex Machina

    In coproduction with
    Aarhus Festuge
    Festspillene i 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, Hamburg
    Dublin Theatre Festival
    Espace Malraux Scène Nationale Chambéry-Savoie
    Festival de Otono, Madrid
    Festival Internacional Santiago A Mil
    FIDENA, Bochum
    Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival
    Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
    La Comète scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne
    La Coursive, scène nationale La Rochelle
    Le Manège, Maubeuge Mons
    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
    Les Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
    Maison des Arts, Créteil
    Northern Stage at Newcastle Playhouse
    Onassis Cultural Center, Athens
    Pilar de Yzaguirre - Ysarca, Madrid
    Schauspielhaus Zurich
    Setagaya Public Theater, Tokyo
    SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, Vancouver
    Steirischer Herbst, Graz
    Tallinna Linnateater
    Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre
    Théâtre de Namur
    Teatro Nacional São João, Porto
    Théâtre d'Angoulême, Scène Nationale
    Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
    Théâtre de Sartrouville & des Yvelines
    Theatre Royal Plymouth
    The Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, New York
    The Irvine Barclay Operating Company
    The Lowry, Salford Quays
    The Royal National Theatre, London
    The Sydney Festival
    TNT-Théâtre National de Toulouse
    Tramway Dark Lights, Glasgow
    UC Davis Presents, Davis
    Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
    Wiener Festwochen, Wien

    Associate Producer, Europe, Japan Epidemic (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot)
    Associate Producer, The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Menno Plukker, assisted by Sarah Rogers and Isaïe Richard)
    Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez (assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie)

    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.

    Image David Leclerc

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