RÜGEN: A WOMAN IN A RED DRESS, A GLOWING MAN, AND A FIGHTED FIGHING LEANING ON A TREE ALONG THE CHERRY CLIPS
An authorial project explores the state of melancholy in the context of melancholic time.
By what means and under what circumstances can one succumb to melancholy? And when does melancholy take over a person, and when can a person freely choose to immerse to it? The performance is a theatrical laboratory creating a collective space for individual experience. An experiment with photography, scents and nature in an artificial space allow the spectator to sink into themselves and realize the possible qualities and risks of melancholy, which exceeds all other temperaments.
The chalk cliffs in Caspar David Friedrich's Rügen (after which the project is titled) are an inspiration because of the way they capture the frozen time of melancholic ecstasy. The three figures in the painting are enchanted by something at the bottom of the pit, which remains hidden from our sight, leans over from chalk wall rock that can be torn off at any time, while the rest of the canvas is filled with a deep sight of the sea and the surrounding elms. The sight of the urban person into the landscape, whether natural or artificial, is the key motive and the starting point of working on the project. Interestingly, the island of Rügen has historically figured as a magic place with its white sandy beaches, crowns of chestnuts, oaks, elms, and poplars fascinated personalities such as Otto von Bismarck, Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein or Thomas Mann.
PREMIERE: 13.6. 2019, Kampus Hybernská
DIRECTION: Ludvík Píza
SCENOGRAPHY AND DRAMATURGY: Natálie Rajnišová
CAST: Andrea Berecková, Anita Gregorec, Štěpán Lustyk
PHOTO: Natálie Rajnišová