Real, but not a thing;
Of me, but not me;
A hole in the light.
Across cultures, and across ages, shadows trouble and fascinate.
However, in the early twenty first century, as lights shine at all hours and from all things, they are being banished. We are losing our shadows, and forgetting a lesson from childhood fairytales – that the loss of our shadows is the loss of our souls. In the theatre, where light and darkness meet, we might find them once more.
In this new devidsed work by Theater Feuerblau the shadows of Freud, Caravaggio, Plato and Galileo gather to reclaim the darkness for science, art, mythology and a nice cup of tea.
In our Blog you can get some impressions from the first rehearsals in London in January 2015.
Festival PEOPLING THE P(A)LACES – London, UK
THEATER AM LEND – Graz, AT
PINTER THEATRE STUDIO – London, UK
PLAYING WITH LIGHT IN THE EMPIRE OF SHADOWS
Dark Imagery provides strange atmospheres.
GRAZ. veryone knows how night changes the feeling and appearance of things – the black silhouettes of streets and cities, with their shadows providing fearful and fascinating shadows of the past, childhood, cinema, and crime, only to be banished by the the harsh light of everday life.
In The Loss of Shadows Monika Zöhrer and Klaus Seewald of Theater Feuerblau, together with Martin Welton from Queen Mary University of London, use the dark theatre space of Theater am Lend to bring to life some of these dark souls and examine their place in history. Experimental in its use of narrative and phsyical expression, we are taken on a shadowy journey through time, from the invention of the telescope by Galileo, via Michaelangelo, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Sigmund Freud and Hollywood. A leading role in our meeting with shadows is taken by Lisa Horvath’s fascinating design, as books and candles are reimagined under Eugen Schöberl’s sophisticated lighting as urban nighttime scenarios, and bizarre spaces and perspectives amaze through an astonishing use of transluscent curtains. It is a delicate and emotional poetry of images.
Kleine Zeitung, ELISABETH WILLGRUBER-SPITZ
Director: Monika Zöhrer
Performer: Monika Zöhrer, Klaus Seewald, Martin Welton
Dramaturgy: Eva Wallensteiner
Stage Design, Visuals: Lisa Horvath
Costume Design: Barbara Häusl
Composition, Music: Christof Ressi
Videosupport: Peter Venus
Light Design: Fabian Dankl
Concept: Eva Wallensteiner, Monika Zöhrer, Klaus Seewald, Martin Welton
Production: Theater Feuerblau