New performance is part of trilogy: In all respect for anger
Teatret Gruppe 38’s new performance, A Story of A House That Turned into A Dot, forms the second part of a trilogy that depicts the most fundamental human emotions: Fear, anger and love. This time, the focus is on anger.
Teatret Gruppe 38 and director Catherine Poher have created several performances together throughout the years. One of these is I’m Not Afraid of Anything (2012), which is the first part of a trilogy depicting three of the most central human emotions: Fear, anger and love. The team’s new production, A Story of A House That Turned into A Dot, which premieres in English May 3 2018, forms the second part of the trilogy – and depicts anger.
“Fear and love are ground feelings. When we fear losing love and getting abandoned, we sometimes react with anger. Fear, love and anger are inextricably linked,” explains director Catherine Poher.
“We have created the performance with all possible respect for the feeling of anger. Anger doesn’t have to be completely devastating, even though it can be destructive. It is a necessary feeling that we all need to access from time to time. Just like fear and love,” elaborates leader, dramatist and actor at Teatret Gruppe 38, Bodil Alling.
Out of your mind and back
With the new performance, A Story of A House That Turned into A Dot, Gruppe 38 and Poher use shadows, lights, video projections, images and sound design to depict the inner journey we experience, when anger grasps a hold of us.
The team used some of the same means to depict the stages of fear in the performance I’m not afraid of Anything back in 2012. In addition to form and theme, the two performances also links to each other by using the story of “the abandoned house” as a metaphor, says Bodil Alling.
“Just like when we experience strong fear, we are out of our minds when anger really hits us – and then we sometimes need to travel far to find the way back.”
Besides Teatret Gruppe 38 and Catherine Poher, A Story of A House That Turned into A Dot, is created in collaboration with artists from France, Belgium and Denmark. About this collaboration, Catherine Poher and Bodil Alling say:
“Philippe LeFebvre’s hand-held installation art and Olivier Guillemain’s video projections fits beautifully with Sara Topsoe-Jensen’s wonderful pop-up cartons and our crazy conversations with Agnés Limbos.”
A Story of A House That Turned into A Dot premiered in it’s Danish version February 23 2018, and both critics and audience received the play with great approval and interest. The performance premieres in English May 3 2018 at 19.00 at Teatret Gruppe 38.
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“Enchanting forty minutes of theatre.” – Århus Stiftstidende (DK)
“A true Gruppe 38 production with the theatre’s usual aesthetics and creativity – and international format. It’s just dreamy.”
– Teateravisen (DK)
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“The adventure embodies such an elemental feeling as anger – and let’s us reflect about that state of mind … It is first class theatre.”
– Kulturmagasinet Fine Spind (DK)
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“The performance manages to create a captivating universe.”
– Den 4. væg (DK)
Premieres May 3 2018 at 19.00
Adults and children from 8
Bodil Alling, Søren Søndberg, Søren la Cour
Catherine Poher, Bodil Alling, Søren Søndberg, Søren La Cour, Sara Topsøe-Jensen, Agnes Limbos, Philippe LeFebvre, Olivier Guillemain, Lars K. Olesen, Marie Netterstrøm
Teatret Gruppe 38 and Catherine Poher have (amongst others) also collaborated about creating the two price winning performances The Little Match Girl (2003) and You must be an angel, Hans Christian (2006).