This devised performance is an investigation of three dystopias. The initial theme – Perfect Bodies and Strange Death – evolved into studies of the human fear of death and the enhancement of a human body as a result of technological progress. The three dystopian visions can be considered separate and unrelated stories, or the audience can search for their connections.
The performance combines object theatre, puppet theatre, and visual theatre. It is a funny, poetic and emblematic examination of the future that is already here.
Is it possible that human efforts to enhance their body and prolong their lifetime with the help of technological advancements will lead to the opposite – a complete misunderstanding of the functions of various parts of the body and the body as a whole? As a result of a long process of experimentation with a variety of objects and materials, our creative team offers a dream-like, incomprehensible vision. Is there another way to look into the future?
Let's imagine the future archaeologists who fall into an abandoned area where there is no one to ask for advice. Advanced technologies have been destroyed or confiscated, and they find items that have once been useful to humans. When touched, the objects come to life. What can they tell us about the former civilization? Or about us – the future archaeologists?
There are two parallel stories that may be perceived as dreams of each other. A secluded, closed community that has escaped a social uproar is training itself for upcoming catastrophes. However, considering their dependence on meat, this strategy does not seem to be sustainable. In another reality, an ancient civilization is trying to recall rituals that made them live.
4. 4. / 13:30 / 17:00
Author: Davide Gionzana, Pamela Butane, and students
Directed by: Davide Giovanzana
The Latvian Academy of Culture was established after the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1990. In 1999, students were enrolled for the first time in a doctoral degree program. The greatest capital of the Academy of Culture is undoubtedly the number of students, who exceed six hundred each year. The extraordinary achievements of the academic staff of the academy over the years have been recognized with the highest Latvian state honors.