Чёрноe солнце. Black sun
When there is passion there is a loss of reason. What Man wants most is out of reach. Phaedra by the great Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva is a breathtaking man’s questioning of desire. Perceived by its contemporaries as utterly pretentious, this “ancient tragedy set in the 20th century” is actually a dreadful incursion of the author in the tragic fate of her main character Phaedra.
With this creation, the team follows mazes leading Phaedra/Tsvetaeva to split personality, inner turmoil and finally death. The conflict between the irrational and the rational, love and family, faith and duty, flesh and spirit, reason and insanity, etc., is like a boundary between the light and the shadow present throughout this piece.
Marina Tsvetaeva’s Phaedra is musical writing punctuated by the violent urges and organic breathing of the Russian language. In close collaboration with Russian playwright and director Aglaïa Romanovskaia, the team worked to develop a new theatrical language.
Thinking beyond the issue of literary (or linear) narration is a requirement; therefore our main concern is to restore the corporeality of the text. From the idea of a text treated like a real music score, we endeavour to enliven dance and generate a type of writing that will not raise the question of the understanding.
The other common theme of the creation is Tsvetaeva as the person/artist and her flawless integrity as a contemporary creator. To give legitimacy to my words, my choice for the set focuses on project developers and not performers.
In other words, each one on the set is a spokesperson for Marina Tsvetaeva.
This gives special force to the project and requires us to be more responsible. Not towards Tsvetaeva, this is not our claim, but towards the act of creating.
But what she does is not rewriting, she takes all of them with her, extracting their essence. Consequently the essential becomes the ultimate, gain density and pure movement, the movement of the soul. Or just the Movement.
Aglaia Romanovskaia Playwright
Premiere on March 16, 2011 at Studio Bagouet/ CCN de Montpellier
July 17, 2012 in Matemale
July 18, 2012 in Saint-Marie
July 19, 2012 in Saint Laurent-de-la-Salanque
July 20, 2012 in Gruissan
July 21, 2012 in Portiragnes
July 23, 2012 in Saint Amant-Roche-Savine
July 24, 2012 in Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille
July 25, 2012 in Pradelles
July 26, 2012 in Super Besse
July 27, 2012 in Pleaux
May 30, 2013 in Espaces Pluriels