Accidents are often the essence of creation and evolution, and in this case, Robert Lepage took advantage of one. Canadian director, I was thinking of taking a “more intellectual” approach to the importance of memory. (in the elderly and in the actor’s own work) but those memories intervened and he could not resist. “I didn’t think to do something so personal, but…”. What kind of Lepage is this “still fit and healthy”She says she started raising at age 65 887in addition, where he does magic with technology seduce your audience.
– What worries you?
−I have many worries but I am so busy that I try to forget them; Perhaps the most important is aging. I’m at an age where most people are considering retiring and yet Focused on reinventing myself. Although I am in good health, I am more aware of those around me and those who go. As a result of the pandemic, even though I didn’t feel that way, I was aware that I was already in the “at-risk population” group. I am focused on having enough time to complete my processes on time.
Worried about memory loss?
−Of course, there are people in my close circle who show early signs of dementia. But it’s comforting to know that speaking several languages delays the progression of a disease that affects memory. Officially bilingual, I mix German and English words every morning.
-Do we cease to exist without memories?
−We have too much ego about ourselves and ourselves. intellectual memories, as if we were trees and also physical memories, but I think we should know how to let go and accept an existence without mental memory. However, sometimes physics is very important even if we don’t give it enough weight. Memory is closely linked to our personality, such that If we forget our memory, we also lose our essence..
– Can you control the things you want to forget?
−No, I would love to eliminate some things. It is an ongoing selection process that takes everything away over time. I forget easily, I am not obsessed with recording or photographing everything while traveling, I work more with mental images and sounds and I think so i have a very good memory For this.
-What would you forget if you had a choice?
-I must say that I do not want to get rid of my experience accumulated over the years, even if it is bad, from the perspective that age has given me. They are part of my “education” or the person you have become. These experiences shape you and, as they say, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
−Are we in a time when it is better to forget, or is it positive with the time we live?
−Of course remember positive, my whole show is about that. The reason I decided to do this job is the social and political context in which we live, both in Europe and in the United States or Canada. I feel we have no memory of our most recent past. People do terrible things and I wonder, don’t you remember what happened 40-50 years ago? I’ve never seen so much memory or brainwashing. That’s why our memory is so important, we have to remember, and in this sense I criticize History teachers a lot because this generation of young people don’t know anything about their recent past.
−We live in an age where machines think and store data for us, do we risk becoming atrophied, losing our memory?
-Yes, that’s part of the job. I think we rely too much on these devices to remember things, our brains are getting lazier. People use technology to get you to remember these memories without emotionally connecting them.
−Memory exercise: What do you remember from your first visit to the Autumn Festival 20 years ago?
-In addition to the enthusiasm, I remember that it rained a lot. I loved the intimacy of the audience, the culture and that sense of reference, almost the same as I have. It was a great way to connect with the Spanish spirit. Sometimes, due to a social or language barrier, we think we live in completely different worlds when in reality we are so close. That’s the wonderful thing about dedicating myself to theatrical creation and being able to show it in theaters around the world, connecting with the universality of your work. This was the great “shock” of what I found on my first visit to Madrid, not only discovering a new audience, but also finally a new group of friends with whom I will continue to collaborate. But first of all I remember that it rained a lot.
−What about your first memory of that apartment at 887 Murray Avenue?
−My first memory is very connected to the day we moved into that apartment when we were three or three and a half years old. This memory was closely linked to the figure of my absent father, who always worked in his taxi and didn’t talk much when he was there. It was my mother who started and activated all the conversation in my house. But while I was creating this piece, I realized at the time that my father was really very involved in my worries, without my knowing it. So the biggest surprise of creating this work was realizing that my father was and was at the center of the story.
− Were you not afraid to reveal your family on stage?
−Not at all, I have a lot to tell about my family, but the whole article is based on a rearrangement of facts. Outside of the fiction, what the public will see is going to be a “version of the truth” to get a better show, but I don’t want to be hit by anyone, so sometimes I had to change the names, the context. or some event…
- Where: Forest Theatre, Mostoles (Madrid). When: 24, 25 and 26 November. How many: sold out.