For its first independent project, the ensemble Décalages invited the Russian director Irina Andreeva. This project is truly international: the Russian-Czech-French team rehearsed not only in the Czech Republic, but also in France.
Posedlost examines the extreme limits of the relationship between man and woman, the need to control, submit, transform, resist, approach, possess, share, be alone, be together ...
Among other things, this performance tells of the impossibility of definite judgement of human behavior. We try to grasp and discover the basis of human acts, whether or not they are within the limits of the law. We don't want to give definitions, but rather to pose questions.
The production uses new and original techniques and procedures combining acrobatics with acting, dance and object theatre. None of that, however, is routine. Everything is consciously presented with artistic and technological inventiveness.
To find the right effect and image, we experimented with miles of ropes, tons of old newspapers and dozens of wooden boards to create a purely functional set that lets the audience to immerse itself in the depths of the performed stories.
The performance Posedlost was honoured with Spectators´ Award on International Festival of Alternative Theatres "Tempus Art 2007" in Rožňava, Slovakia.
The team :
Scenario: Seiline Vallée, Salvi Salvatore, Jan Vedral, Irina Andreeva
Actors: Seiline Vallée, Salvi Salvatore
Director: Irina Andreeva
Dramaturgical consultation: Jan Vedral
One of co-fouders and stable member of the czech russian physical theatre company Teatr Novogo Fronta.
Before working in companies Do-Theatre, Derevo, Nude Ants.
Independently leading course of physical acting "Underground Rivers" from 1999 in Prague, Bologna, Amsterdam, Berlin (Mime Centrum, Die Etage), Philadelphia, New York.
Sound creator: Viktor Amalev
Light design: Martin Špetlík
Lights: Roman Douda
Sound technician: Adam Špinka
Production: Art Prometheus o.s. - Líza Urbanová, Jakub Vedral
Production Palác Akrolis: Hanka Kubáčková, Jakub Sláma
This performance received the support from Czech Minister of Culture and from the city of Prague.
«The acting, visual and musical components are equal partners creating a fluid form, leading us to internalized turns of thought, associations, adventurous sailing to the unsure borders of the conscious self and the dark depths of the subconscious. Seldom have I ever experienced such a concentrated and perceptive atmosphere in the audience. It seems that the work, played with maximum concentration by artists who are in a sense "attuned and in tune" (meaning both those stage and the hidden muses of the lighting and sound). It simply cannot fail to reach anyone, to ignite the memory and the childlike admiration of even a single spectator. That spectator that I heard sighing in deep satisfaction just before the hurricane of applause. »
«The Obsession performance - Posedlost- tangibly reflects its epoch. It intercepts present and depicts it on the totally abstract base of the scenographical externalization. The usage of long lines of ropes overhung from the ceiling creates the space without delimitation the time. It opens the door to the super temporal tendencies and - moreover - the orientation of both actors in the New theatre forms supports these efforts. »
«...the lightness with which they swing from the ground on rope during the performance of the ensemble Décalages, how they suddenly find themselves ten to twelve feet high and then dance in strands of rope - this is unbelievable (...) the performance Posedlost is totally different from beginning to end; it is in places as if they catch you by the hair and drag you through cold puddles and gravel, then let you rest in quiet in the middle of the forest, then it spits us out again in the hall of the Akropolis, and we just look and our insides are still vibrating with emotions.
Seiline Vallée and Salvi Salvatore, two beings from another world. »
Big thanks for their help to:
Adam Halaš - Experimental venue Roxy/NoD(CZ), Joël Breton and all the team from La Palène (FR), Teatr Novogo Fronta & La Passoire, Gisèle Vallée, Viktor Amalev, Jan Vedral, Štěpána Pobořilová, Michal and Petr Kalivodovi, Tomáš Petrš, Martin Špetlík, Adam Špinka, Roman Douda Světýlko, Nasťa Astašina, Robert Matoušek, Erika Čičmanová, Kristína Karmazinová, HAPPY END Production, Palác Akropolis, Divadlo Na Prádle...
Photos: Alexander Dobrovodský/Šárka Kobrynová