The performance is freely inspired by a japanese "Obasute" legend existing also in literary form, which became a base to two movies "The ballad of Narajama" (one in 1958, the second in 1983). The story tells about an old woman, who is abandoned in mountains, because she is no longer beneficial for her community.
The most important subjects for creating the inscenation was the topics of the old age and death, inutility of old people and how the western society regards with those phenomenon compared with reception of the same problems in other traditions and cultures. We also introduce themes of the remembrances, lost juvenility, acceptance and deliverance.
Our performance takes place round the allegorical carriage. We use a very specific visual language in the inscenation: dance, marionettes, aerial acrobatics (aerial ring, tissus, hammocks, straps); the music and the singing are also an important part of this poetic and unusual world.
The whole thing is completed with very expressive, stylized setting.
The performance was honoured with The Best Performance´s Award in frame of the Inspiration festival 2008 - Ruiny Teatru Mijestskiego, in Gliwice, Poland and with The special award for extraordinary poetic in the festival 2010 Teatrów Europy Środkowej „Sąsiedzi” in Lublin, Poland
The Team :
This performance rises from collective creation
Subject matter and scenario: Seiline Vallée (after the Obasute legend)
Actors: Perla Kotmelová, Seiline Vallée, Salvi Salvatore
Directors and dramaturgical cooperation: Zoja Mikotová
Music composition: Daniel Fikejz
Stage setting realization: Yumi Hayashi
Costumes: Erika Čičmanová, Yumi Hayashi
Light Design: Roman Douda, Mikoláš Holba
Sound Design: Ondřej Dědeček, Adam Špinka
Carriage design & realization: Salvi Salvatore and Petr Píša (in cooperation with Adam and Jan)
Technical cooperation: Štěpána Pobořilová, Michal and Petr Kalivoda
Production: Art Prometheus o.s. Líza Urbanová, Jakub Vedral