887 Poster


Featuring Ex Machina/Robert Lepage
Written, Designed, Directed and Performed by Robert Lepage


February 8 - February 10

John Hirsch Mainstage

"...touching, intimate, powerful..." – The Guardian

A Canadian theatre legend gets personal. Robert Lepage explores individual and collective memory in a visually stunning, evocative and unforgettable show. An internationally celebrated artist known for breaking boundaries, Lepage’s mastery transcends genre with credits in theatre, film, ballet and opera. After premiering at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, 887 wowed audiences on a worldwide tour. Now this “touching, intimate, powerful” show comes to Royal MTC for three performances only.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours (NO intermission)
Warnings: Unconventional lighting, loud sound effects, strobe lights & pyro


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Writer / Designer / Director / Performer Robert Lepage

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.

Among his most noticed work for the stage: Dragons’ Trilogy (1985), Needles and Opium (1991), The Far Side of The Moon (2000), The Andersen Project (2005), Lipsynch (2007), his solo performance 887 (2015) and his most recent production Quills (2016); his multimedia creations: The Image Mill (2008) and The Library at Night (2015); at the opera: The Damnation of Faust (1999), The Nightingale and Other short Fables (2009), Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (2010) and L’Amour de loin (2015).



Artistic Team

English Translation Louisa Blair

Louisa Blair

Louisa Blair is translator and writer who was born in Quebec city, Canada, raised in the UK, and returned to live in Quebec 20 years ago. She has translated numerous books and museum exhibitions about history, culture and politics in Quebec. She has also published short stories and dozens of articles about religion, health care, and Indigenous land rights in Canada. Her books in English include The Anglos: the Hidden Face of Quebec City (Éditions Sylvain Harvey, 2005) and Iron Bars and Bookshelves: A History of the Morrin Centre (Baraka Books, 2016). On Sundays she sings in the church choir and on Tuesdays she plays piano at the pub.


Creative Direction and Design Steve Blanchet

Steve Blanchet

Creative director at Ex Machina, Steve Blanchet has worked in the artistic, cultural and advertising world for 20 years. Trained as a graphic designer, he completed his education at l’Ecole francophone des attachés de presse (ÉFAP) in France in 1994 and worked as a designer at the Carré Noir agency in Paris.

From 1996 to 2013, he worked at Cossette, where several of his social campaigns received national and international awards.

He began his collaboration with Ex Machina in 2005 with the creation of the architectural projection The Image Mill (2008). He would be co-creator and image co-designer until the final edition in 2013, about Norman McLaren’s work.

Followed by work on the creation of 887, Robert Lepage’s most recent solo show, and The library at Night, an immersive exhibition using virtual reality inspired by the Alberto Manguel’s work, for which Steve Blanchet directed the creation and co-signed the design with Robert Lepage.

His career is punctuated with various collaborations in numerous short films, shows, plays and publications.


Dramaturg Peder Bjurman

Peder Bjurman

Peder Bjurman (born 1966), director and scriptwriter, works in the field of visual theatre with his company The Missing Link based in Stockholm, Sweden. His first collaboration with Robert Lepage was in 1994 during A Dreamplay at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. Bjurman also provided the original idea for The Far Side of the Moon, co-wrote The Andersen Project, and worked as dramaturg for the Playing Cards project.

Assistant Director Adèle Saint-Amand

Adèle Saint-Amand

After finishing her training at the National Theatre School, Adèle joined the team of Théâtre Péril, where she worked with Christian Lapointe on numerous productions from 2005 to 2012. In 2008, she met Frédéric Dubois and worked with Théâtre des Fonds de tiroirs on all of their productions until 2014, in addition to serving as the company’s administrative assistant. She also has worked with other companies, including Théâtre Blanc, Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Théâtre L’Escaouette, Théâtre de la Vieille 17, and Théâtre du Trident. Adèle has had the opportunity to work with the Nous sommes ici collective and Alexandre Fecteau, as well as with Steve Gagnon and Théâtre Jésus, Shakespeare et Caroline. She has travelled across Canada with Les trois exils de Christian E (Théâtre Sortie de secours). Since 2012, she has worked with Ex Machina on several occasions.


Composer and Sound Designer Jean-Sébastien Côté

Jean-Sébastien Côté

Musician and sound designer Jean-Sébastien Côté wrote musical scores for several Quebec City theatre and dance productions before joining Ex Machina on The Far Side of the Moon in 1999. Since then, he has worked regularly on the company’s projects, including The Andersen Project, La Celestina, The Dragons’ Trilogy, 1984, The Blue Dragon, Eonnagata, La Tempête, SPADES and HEARTS from the Playing Cards tetralogy, and the 2013 version of Needles and Opium. In between projects with Ex Machina, he has worked with various renowned Canadian directors such as Daniel Brooks, Wajdi Mouawad and François Girard.


Lighting Designer Laurent Routhier

Laurent Routhier

Laurent Routhier studied film and photography before specializing in lighting design for the stage. Over the years, he has designed the lighting for shows by artists such as Robert Lepage, Franco Dragone, as well as Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. He also was involved in the creation and tour of Délirium, Cirque du Soleil’s first arena show, which gave him the opportunity to travel across the United States and demonstrate his ability to work on large-scale productions.

In recent years, he has been focused on exploring different applications of video and lighting for creating scenic environments. This creative research is the reason he has been hired for lighting, video and set design for numerous shows for Quebec City’s New Year’s celebrations and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day events. His academic training and experience with major shows have enabled him to design lighting and video for more than 20 shows broadcast on television. Over the last several years, he has also worked as director of photography for these television productions. More recently, he has been busy working in theatre on the lighting design of three productions of Quebec City’s Trident Theatre: The Odyssey, The Laramie Project and Les Enrobantes.


Image Designer Félix Fradet-Faguy

Félix Fradet-Faguy

Video designer, 2D/3D designer, motion designer and videographer, Félix Fradet-Faguy joined the Ex Machina team when he was involved with the creation of the architectural projection The Image Mill for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions. He has also worked on projections for the 2014 Montreal Festival des Lumières and the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. He has created video content for corporate events, television shows, music shows, museum exhibitions and theatre productions, including the play Icare by Michel Lemieux et Victor Pilon.


Associate Set Designer Sylvain Décarie

Sylvain Décarie

Sylvain Décarie graduated with a degree in fine arts and founded the independent contemporary art gallery ROUJE in Quebec City in 1995. Passionate about this discipline, it was nevertheless through working as a scenic painter in different specialized studios that he developed an interest in sets.

Between 2000 and 2008, Sylvain worked as a stage technician on several theatrical productions and films in Quebec and then became the technical director of Théâtre du Trident in 2009.

In 2011, he completed his first set design for Véronique Coté’s show BANQUET. After that came the design of a children’s show for the Festival d’été de Québec, LE GRAND TROTINO, conceived in collaboration with Lionel Arnould. This design unified the set and video projection.

For the last several years, Sylvain has been working primarily as an artistic director on film sets and as a designer for multifunctional sets for television.

887 marks a return to theatre and his first collaboration with Ex Machina.

Associate Properties Designer Ariane Sauvé

Ariane Sauvé

Since graduating from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 2010, Ariane Sauvé has worked as a set and property designer for theatre and television. Over the last few seasons at Théâtre de la Bordée, she designed the sets and property for Félicité, The Impostures of Scapin and Feydeau and was property designer for Endgame and Servant of Two Masters. In 2013, she designed the set and properties for Anne-Marie Olivier’s Mourir tous les jours and in 2015 le désordre for Les Écornifleuses, both presented during the Carrefour international de theatre. She also designed the sets for L’Emmerdeur and Les Visiteurs at Théâtre Petit Champlain, for L’Gros Show at Théâtre Périscope, and for Charme at Théâtre Premier Acte. For television, she is known for her work as property designer for the television series Complexe G on TVA. In 2015 she designed the property for 887. During the 2016-2017 season, she will design the set and properties for À toi pour toujours Marie Lou at Théâtre de la Bordée and Venir au Monde at theatre du Trident.


Associate Costume Designer Jeanne Lapierre

Jeanne Lapierre

Since graduating from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 2004, Jeanne Lapierre has worked as costume and property designer on many shows in Montreal and Quebec. She has collaborated on several productions of Ex Machina, including serving as property designer for The Blue Dragon. She has also toured with this show as the costume and property manager.

Stage Manager Nadia Bélanger

Nadia Bélanger