The Hero and the woman he leaves behind.A boy that embraces a river of tears.A girl that holds a handful of dust.The living and the dead are fighting each other, like children playingthe warriors in the middle of a battlefield.With the knowledge of despair and the agony of knowing.Having as unique consolation their own evident condemnation, theirsentence to death unifies them. Two speechless bodies are facing thebody of an epic speech. Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek confront theheavy weight duty of a man's transformation into a Hero, and a woman'stransformation into an endless lament.
The performance, produced by Athens Festival, co-produced by Kostopoulous Foundation, Archa Theatre and the Belgian group Ultima Vez, has been described by the creators as a 50 minute battle on stage, loosely inspired by the story of the last meeting between Hector and his wife Andromache, from Homer's The Iliad. Frucek and Kapetanea have set this battle between a man and a woman, between love and death in a contemporary context. Since the premiere in June 2007 at Archa Theatre, the choreography has met with great acclaim at international dance festivals in Greece, Czech R., France, Belgium, Great Britain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Korea. Performance was also selected for Aerovawes 2008.
Conception, choreography and implementation: Jozef Frucek and Linda KapataneaMusic: Dimitris DesyllasSound Design: Agis GyftopoulosScenography: Dimitris NasiakosPlaywriting: Martha FrintzilaCostumes: Natasha DimitriouLight Design: Dimitris NasiakosSound Sculptures: Lucas Tsolakian
Production of Athens Festival, co-production of COSTOPOULOS FOUNDATION, Archa Theatre Prague, with support of Ultima Vez/ulti'mates.
Real and fierce fighting with wooden clubs and bare hands, which you look with holding breathe...
Jiri Dolecek Czech Radio 3-Vltava
...Percussive soundtrack of drums, gongs and xylophones echoed the on-stage battle as the relationship, brutal and repressive at times, kept the audience inquisitively attentive.
Sarah Smith is critic of Aerovawes and Resolution Festival
...They fight each other furiously - first with wooden rods, then with bare hands - in a high-tension combination of rigorous martial arts and no holds barred physical theatre...
It is still gripping and bruising experience.
Sanjoy Roy writes for the Guardian, Dance Now, Dancing Times and other publications, and is dance editor of Contemporary magazine
The whole crew of RootlessRoot, Linda Kapetanea and Josef Frucek's Dance Company, excelled to the highest degree with their work, in the production of the extended Duo Sudden Showers of Silence/wonderful aesthetics in every aspect of the production.
Thanasis Rikakis Dance critic- Kathimerimi newspaper
An impressively skilful collision of bodies, souls, intentions, love and hate, interrupted by brief respites of intimacy and silence, words and emotion.
The eternal attraction and opposition between the male and the female interpreted by two excellent dancers.
Mirka Psaropoulou, Dance critic Eleftherotypia Newspaper