THE UNDERGROUND: A RESPONSE TO DOSTOEVSKY
Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Pontedera, Italy
Director: Thomas Richards
Performed in English, with Hungarian subtitles
1 hours 30 minutes.
A hidden territory exists buried within each of us, an underground graveyard where non-lived needs, actions and reactions reside, fermenting. It’s as if death has arrived at our doorstep unannounced. How has he seeped into our lives, his formless shadow deviating us from our deepest wishes? Has life slipped from our hands? And, if we have become a corpse incarnate, can a crack form in our coffin lid? Here, Dostoevsky’s reflections sound out as a weapon, striking back against that which stifles transformation. Fragments of Notes from the Underground and The Brothers Karamozov swirl and intermingle as boundaries between theatrical approaches are tested. Dostoevsky’s analysis of the human psyche meets the performing arts research of the Workcenter. A battle ensues which gives birth to an event that embodies narrative, comedy, grotesque and Art as vehicle. Is it possible to rid ourselves of that force which engulfs us daily and constitutes a redirecting of our destiny? Can we alter a plan nature has etched within us, and deviate from the habitual to uncover that which exists within, as if already defined, yet which remains until now unlived?
Antonin Chambon, Benoit Chevelle,
Guilherme Kirchheim, Jessica Losilla-Hébrail,
Sara Montoya, Tara Ostiguy, Thomas Richards
Cécile Richards and Jessica Losilla-Hébrail