May 11, 2014 16:00
based on the play by Anton Pavlovich Cechov
direction, set design, light design: Tomi Janežic
Theatre performances can be bad and good, sometimes exciting, but they rarely develop into something we could call a unique experience. (Bojan Munjin)
The play The Seagull is the result of a sixteen-month-long creative process, based on the cast and the participants’ own experiences. The interpretation of Cechov, i.e. the analysis of the text, occurred through practical work – the action in the space – during which different approaches to acting and psychodrama techniques were utilized.
The play thematizes the very creativity and tries to deal with issues not only at the level of content, but also in theatrical, modelling terms, using different theatrical means.
In addition to the content of the play – theatre, acting, writing, creativity, relationships between falling in love and creativity, mutual relations, mechanisms and patterns in relationships, tensions between the generations, the old to the new, the issues of recognition, expectations, desires – other themes crystallised during this process: themes that define each of the four acts. They also determined the choice of staging procedure, strategy and focus.
The first act of the play “spins” around the topic of theatre and art, the second is related to the topic of falling in love, fantasies and dreams. In the third act the themes that emerge are objects, possession of objects and people, treating the other as an object. And the fourth act deals with the issue of fate and/or coincidence and how decisions and events affect the lives of individuals. This led to the creation of the play, which could actually be four different plays, because the acts are complete wholes in terms of content, theme and staging.