What if while looking in the eyes of disasters we could still tell each other beautiful stories?
Performance-dialogue of Cécile Da Costa, her eight-year-old daughter Thelma and performer Lukáš Karásek.
“Mummy, will there still be fish in the oceans when I grow up?”
The future is difficult to imagine. Models and paradigms are failing. So, let’s start from the beginning, from point zero, from nothing.
There is a possibility of space, lines, geometry, dimensions…
There is a possibility of a meeting between three people……
Time has been created, the story can start: Once upon a time…
An original piece by Cécile Da Costa created in a moment when she was forced to stop and reflect. At that point, questions about possible futures and perspectives started to emerge.
Looking into the future, we are confronted with a possible collapse of our society, or even of the whole civilization?
Will the collapse shut down the future ahead, or will it open an infinity of others?
There is no answer, just more and more questions.
“We must rather let go and switch from a mode to observe, to analyse, to command and to control, to experiment, to act, to feel, to adjust.”
Premiere: 26th February 2022
Duration: 40 minutes
Creator, performer, choreographer: Cécile Da Costa
Performer, choreographer: Lukáš Karásek
Performer: Thelma Anouk Da Costa
Dramaturgy, sound designer: Ondřej Holba
Musician: Martin Janíček
Scenographer: Dragan Stojčevski
Lighting designer: Jiří Šmirk
Costume scenographer: Dorota Krátká
Video designer: Dominik Žižka
Photography: Vojtěch Brtnický
Co-producer: Tanec Praha z.ú. / PONEC – dance venue
Partners: Cirqueon, Uhelný mlýn
Support: City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, State Fund of Culture of Czech Republic
Performers: Cécile Da Costa, Thelma Anouk Da Costa, Lukáš Karásek
“Da Costa uses the notorious situation where parents are forced to respond to the constant questions of their ever smarter branches, and plays a banal comic on stage, but it does not lack magic. (…) The production is presented in the name of the intended orientation towards the uncertain future of humanity, in a futuristic style.The simple scene, bright colors, simple costumes that do not inhibit, but exactly fulfill their role.The musical accompaniment, which is present on the stage and creates the sound live, works perfectly, is so embedded in the whole event that it is impossible to recall on its own. Finally, it is also possible to call such a form of accompaniment music (…) Zero etc. is definitely more “etc.” than “zero”, both in terms of quality and content. The new production of Cécile Da Costa could thus become quite an exceptional achievement on the contemporary dance scene and be a gateway to the performance art for school kids.”
Michaela Kessler, Opera plus, March 4th, 2022
“On the subject of the apocalyptic vision, the artists created a space for the concurrence of many meanings, for the flow of ambiguity with reality and adult beliefs to encounter children’s immediacy. (…) The 40-minute apocalypse performance created many of its own ideas, triggered an associative “what if” stream, and was not satisfied with a lack of “why” answers. The piece, attacking the primary centers of the human instinct for self-preservation, the creators framed in a realistic situation, which could be loosely called an excerpt from family life in a marginal situation, which, however, denies its extremes with regard to the child (or at least pretends that it is not so borderline) (…) Experienced choreographer and charismatic performer Cécile Da Costa consistently held precise gestures and promptly switched between roles, including an authentically conceived mother play with her own daughter. “
Hana Strejčková, Taneční aktuality, March 17th, 2022