Following his sell-out success with Needles and Opium at The Barbican, London in 2016, internationally renowned director and performer Robert Lepage brings his critically-acclaimed The Far Side of The Moon to Cardiff.
This visually stunning production tells the story of two estranged brothers brought together by their mother’s death: Phillipe, an introvert philosopher, looking to the stars for meaning in the universe, and his successful brother, Andre, who takes a much more pragmatic view on interplanetary mysteries. Drawing parallels between their fraternal bitterness and the competition between the Soviets and Americans during the space race, this beautiful and enigmatic one-man show is a witty exploration of one of the great mysteries of our time.
Performed by Yves Jacques and punctuated by Laurie Anderson’s otherworldly score, The Far Side of the Moon takes audiences on a spellbinding, funny and technically exquisite journey, highlighting the poetry that hides in human life.
This epic production will be performed in only three UK cities, offering a unique opportunity for audiences outside of London to experience this unparalleled work.
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
Produced by Ex Machina
Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez (assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie)
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 Dominique Sarazin and Isaïe Richard)
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.
Photo: © Sophie Grenier