Alone, in a world of her own – a world of memories, a world of craziness, hallucinations and an occasional welcomed or unwelcomed visitor – the old lady relives her youth, the happy moments together with the great tragedies of her life. Six artist from three circus companies – Cirkusfera (Serbia), Oblique (France) and Cirkorama (Croatia) – will be portraying the vision of how she faces those memories in their new piece named “Oldness”.
In creating the scenes of the old lady at the end of her life, Clown techniques of improvising in combination with circus techniques were used, thus portraying the tragic-comedic aspect of her situation. Elements of circus techniques (air-acrobatics, object manipulation, magic…) as well as props which have a primary use in the play, are what lure us deeper and deeper into her world. This includes everyday objects, things we take for granted that one day just might awaken memories we have been running from. Or they may even get us to relive the most emotional moments of our lives.
The play is the result of the Cirkobalkana project that took place in Belgrade and Zagreb in 2013. Organized by the companies mentioned above, the project lasted about two months and was initiated and realized by the French Institute in Belgrade through the project called Teatroskop.
Research and work on the play was conducted through the effort of these establishments:
– FEP/Alzonne, Cultural center Valdegour and Circus school “Turbul”/Nimes (France, November 2013.)
– Bitef teatar i Magacin (Belgrade, April 2014.)
– Cirkobalkana (Belgrade, August/September 2014.)
Show is for all ages.
Created and performed by: Arnaud Essertel, Domagoj Šoić, Jadranka Žinić Mijatović, Marie Mercadal, Milan Manić
Light design and sound: Julie Lesas
Outside eye: Ivana Koraksić and Nikola Mijatović
Stage design: Hristina Šormaz
Costume design: H & Z
Co-production: Cirkorama (Croatia) – Cirkusfera (Serbia) – Le Cirk’Oblique (France)
Realized with help from the French Institute, the project Teatroskop