's proudly presents
FAR SIDE OF THE MOON
AVEC THÉÂTRE LA SEIZIÈME
PERFORMANCE UPDATE: PERFORMANCE ADDED! We're delighted to announce that an additional performance on November 11 at 2pm has been added. Tickets are on sale now.
All remaining performances of Far Side of the Moon will run as scheduled and we expect no future labour action to affect these performances.
SFU Woodward’s wishes to thank our patrons for their patience regarding updates on Far Side of The Moon’s run in Vancouver. Patrons who were not able to attend the show last weekend will be given full refunds by The Cultch (604.251.1363).
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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 bear the names of Soviet cosmonauts, poets, and inventors in its geography, ‘disfigured’.
Thus, with the 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
“Any stage artist who draws inspiration from such disparate geniuses is a rare bird indeed" —Misha Berson, The Seattle Times
“the alchemist of modern imagistic theatre, Robert Lepage is one of the most challenging and chimeric directors of our time” —John O’Mahony, The Guardian UK
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 the Far Side of the Moon
won him Montreal's Theatre du Nouveau Monde's Best Actor Award in 2003 the Prix des abonnés du Théâtre du Trident in 2011.