887, an Autobiographical Masterpiece by the World’s Top Theater Master Robert Lepage Watch the 887 World Tour in Taiwan, Only Available at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)
887, an autobiographical monodrama produced, directed, and played by theater master Robert Lepage, is on a world tour and now in Taiwan! For visitors who are interested in seeing this theatrical performance, it will be performed exclusively at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) this weekend. The title of the play is named after Lepage’s childhood house number in Quebec City, Canada, and the play features a miniature version of Lepage’s childhood home and a 1-to-1 reproduction of his current residence on stage. Film techniques and sophisticated stunts are ingeniously combined to reveal Lepage’s different perceptions of his father and his childhood feelings about cultural and social conflicts. After premiering at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2015, the play was selected by The Guardian as the top 10 plays of the year (where it ranked No. 1). The show has subsequently been invited by major art festivals and theaters worldwide and has been very well-received.
887 is Lepage’s latest autobiographical masterpiece, where he works with interdisciplinary creative team Ex Machina to introduce cinematic and magical multimedia design onto a multi-view stage, in which miniature buildings are utilized to enable temporal and spatial switch to remind the audience that current social conditions and identities are developed over a long course of history. The 887 world tour began in 2015 and has since been performed in 15 European, Asian, and North American countries including France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and the United States.
Lepage is a master of making his audience walk out of the theater in awe, discussing how the scenes or angles in the performance were done. In 887, Lepage was inspired by the Osaka Museum of History in Japan to make scenes of varying sizes to separate memories, in which the farther away the memory, the smaller the scenes. As the world’s top storyteller, Lepage employs a magical stage to open the eyes of viewers, witnessing how the impossible has become the possible in his world.
Many people refer to Lepage as a director of multimedia theatrical performances because he tells stories by using various media and elements (e.g., sounds, projections, shadow puppets, puppetry, operas, and talk shows) and interacting with performers and the audience. The audience is always able to learn something new from Lepage’s performances, and such new-found knowledge can be used to enrich its lives.
When you feel that life is just a straight line or that life is full of restrictions that you cannot escape, come visit Weiwuying this weekend. In a span of two hours, Lepage will take you to an ordinary apartment on Murray Avenue, Quebec City, Canada in the 1960s and guide you as you engage in an engrossing conversation with yourself.