An intimate, multisensory performance for 3 audience. A blindfold, headphones and warm hands. We explore gentleness and care through touch and simple earthly stories, inspired by the mother figures from Erben’s Kytice. This is a sensory adventure to inner discoveries and curious places with tactile objects, smells, sounds and above all, imagination.
Intimní multisenzorické představení pro tři účastníky. Páska přes oči, sluchátka, teplé dlaně. Zkoumáme péči a něhu skrze obyčejné příběhy inspirované mateřskými postavami z Erbenovy Kytice. Smyslové dobrodružství k vnitřnímu poznání a na podivuhodná místa: s pomocí taktilních předmětů, vůní, zvuků a především vaší fantazie.
The performance is part of the NEW NETWORK project in 2020 / New Blood on the Stage 2020 (http://www.malainventura.cz/2020/en/portfolio/items/spoonfed/)
Sensory Guides: Ivana Atanasova, Lara Hereu and Nitish Jain
Storytellers: Petra Hauerova and Ivana Atanasova.
Dramaturgy: Ran Jiao
Sound Design: Daniel Valášek
Production: Studio MoreThanThat & Antonie Dědečková
Supported by: Skautský institut, Divadlo DISK and Přístav 18600
In the present time, we live in a world that is saturated with an excess of visual culture. Sometimes it seems that we have forgotten the importance of “not seeing” and take the time to get carried away by our imagination. Arising from this necessity, our project invites the audience for a mental massage, where your senses are spoonfed!
In this performance we explore how we transmit care through the bodily senses. What have we heard about the different aspects of maternal care? How do we communicate caring gently (or roughly) through one-to-one touch that is shared between the performer and the audience? What are the scents we associate with those that care for us and nourish us?
We engage touching, smelling and hearing with storytelling. These senses have the ability to awaken the mind and give a unique set of feelings, memories and associations to each individual. Additionally, without the use of sight (which often makes assumptions based on habit), any environment is transformed into a fascinating place of the unknown, which can be populated by one’s own imagination.
This performance is a sensory experience for 3 audience. When the audience enter the performance space, they find three tables and chairs. On each table there is a set of blindfolds and headphones. These are each person’s tools on this journey where their imagination will be stimulated and expanded by multi-sensory clues. The performance starts out with the performers making sure the audience is comfortable. It is a vulnerable position to be blindfolded, and it is crucial for us to make an environment where the audience trusts the performers who guide them.
On the headphones, a calm voice begins. She describes maternal moments from the animal kingdom. Like in Erben’s Kytice, we encounter motherhood in its various forms in this narrative. Parenting, vulnerability, sacrifice, brutality, miracles, wisdom of nature- all are manifestations of care. In that world, there is no advice –unlike as with us humans. Those mothers just follow their instincts. Yet we find habits and moments that seem to have been a part of our own childhoods.
The audio with blindfolds on, lay emphasis on the powerlessness of our natural state – how new life is born into a world in which we have terrifyingly little control.
While the flow of words trickles in your ears, the performers’ focus shifts to your hands and nose. Pressing firmly, a warm, soft and caring human touch eases you in the imaginary landscapes that are being painted in your head through the narrative. We expand on tactile gestures that are a universal part of mother-children relationships, such as holding hands, inspecting and cleaning and activating your fingers and palms to play. The play continues with a variety of scents, tactile materials and objects. Icy cold and dry, wet and warm; drizzle and rains, caves and volcanoes erupt on your palms. Perception of the known and unknown tickle the mind as you follow stories of motherhood, challenged to feel it by different means. Information accumulates and grows as an anthill. With each new sensation, there are spontaneous associations and emotions, as inside (mental) and outside (physical) space collide.
As young life matures to adulthood and the cycle is established- the narration slowly finishes. You are back in the space with your fellow companions and guides. Sight is reinstalled and there are a few moments for reflection. To contemplate on the beauty, tragedy and magic that surrounds us.
PREMIERE AND PAST SHOWS:
- Premiere: 27th May, 2019 at Skautský institut (Studio SI) Prague.
- Version ‘Spoonfed by the Vltava’ on 18th and 19th September, 2019 at Divadlo Ruderál, Přístav 18600, Prague
- 15th December 2020 at Truhlarna Open Sunday, Prague
- 29th January and 11th February 2020 at Minuta, Skautský institut (Studio SI) Prague.
For more information on the project or technical rider, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org