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Robert Lepage’s The Far Side of the Moon

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Presented by SFU Woodward’s in collaboration with Théâtre la Seizième
Community Partner PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

November 1- November 4 and November 6 – 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM |
November 3, 4 and 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

6 novembre: Représentation en français – La face cachée de la lune

Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
 Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
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‘…a stunning theatrical work that makes the universe more understandable while also making it more mysterious. You can’t ask much more than from a work of art’
— Ed Siegel, The Boston Globe

In the 20th century the Soviet space program launched a probe to circle the moon. When the probe returned images from the hidden side of the moon, never before seen from earth, it revealed a pounded and scored face that had been wounded by countless meteors and storms of celestial debris. Following this discovery, American scientists described this side of the moon, which bare the names of Soviet cosmonauts, poets, and inventors in its geography, ‘disfigured’.

Thus, with Far Side of the Moon, begins the epic story of Philippe, a man coping with loss. Philippe has recently lost both his mother and the estrangement of his only sibling, his younger brother André. As he grieves and searches for meaning, Philippe loses his connection to time and place, which in turns, allows him to receive mysterious teachings from the sky.

The competition of the Soviet and American Space Race, the SETI program (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) creates the setting for this central character struggling to find his place within the universe. Memories from childhood and adolescence become touchstones in this one-man show, as Philippe deals with the fundamental question, “Are we alone?”

Punctuated by Laurie Anderson’s other worldly score “the far side of the moon”, this stellar production transports audiences to other worlds on the steady wings of Lepage’s theatrical magic.

‘…so elegantly poetic, it will leave you breathless’
—Terry Byrne, The Boston Herald

This epic solo production, written and conceived by Robert Lepage, is performed by Yves Jacques. It premiered in Quebec City in March 2000, has since been shown in over forty-five cities worldwide.  Yves Jacques critically acclaimed performance in Far Side of the Moon won him Montreal’s Theatre du Nouveau Monde’s Best Actor Award in 2003 and the Prix des abonnés du Théâtre du Trident in 2011.

Performance Dates:
Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.;
Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.;
Matinee – Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.;
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.;
Matinee – Sunday, November 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.;
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (6 novembre: Représentation en français – La face cachée de la lune);
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.;
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.;
Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.;
Matinee – Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.;
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Please note the show on October 31st has been canceled