Story of seven characters, born from fourteen images.
Of fourteen hands, getting rid of sixty-six kilos of unhappy meat and of the whiteness of two hundred and six bones.
Of fourteen funny images searching for ten thousand lost dreams and of one meaningful reason to exist.
Of fourteen furious desires to love seventy fingers, covering two gentle breasts in two hundred and seventy-six spoons of soil.
Of four hundred and fifteen confused words in seventy-two minutes, of two liters of water in two cups and in one very, very deep plate.
Of forty pieces of wood, four spoons and eight stools, of two hammers and thirty-three hammered nails.
Of seven onions, spread in seventy-six kisses and of twenty-nine blows of a stick.
And as a matter of course, of thirty distorted teeth and one lewd tongue above the head of a dead albatross in never ending soft landscape.
‘Herald Angel Award 2009’
‘Total Theater Special Commendation’
Direction and choreography
JOZEF FRUČEK and LINDA KAPETANEA (ROOTLESSROOT COMPANY)
MICHAELA OTTOVÁ, LENKA VÁGNEROVÁ, PAVEL MAŠEK, HELENA ARENBERGEROVÁ, TOMÁŠ NEPŠINSKÝ, JAROSLAV ONDRUŠ and CSONGOR KASSAI as a special guest
22 AND 23 FEBRUARY 2009 (THEATRE PONEC, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC)
This project was supported by
CITY OF PRAGUE, MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC, PONEC THEATRE & CIVIC ORGANISATION TANEC PRAHA, DANCE PERFECT STUDIO
The Herald *****
Deep breath. 100 Wounded Tears, delving into the dark and brutal reaches of what we do to one another and ourselves. Despite the visceral bleakness, 100 Wounded Tears is deYiant in asserting not just our hunger for life, but our need to laugh and move on.
Fringe Guru *****
…the world they create is striking, full of images that burn their way into your mind. The choreography is thrilling. 100 Wounded Tears is a piece of violence and beauty…
This is a performance that weaves a powerful tapestry of images and characters, images that sear the soul with their profound relevance and candour…
Not often enough can you experience such a diverse range of emotions during a performance. The end result is a truly breathtaking collection of short stories plunging deep into the darkest corners of our subconscious. Graceful movement blended with cruel punishment that is sexy as it is disturbing that will leave you eager for more.
Broadway Baby ***
There are moments of utter brilliance: a spectacular choreographed Yight explodes in a frenzy of energy and acrobatics… glorious explosion of movement and patterns. Elsewhere, both passion and aggression are symbolised to perfection through a mass of inter‐twining bodies and the level of intricate detail is outstanding.
…dynamic dance and striking physical theatre, pulsing with wild energy… The essence of the piece is a combination of the magical powers and dust of legends, which nevertheless carry the air earthiness, crudeness and brutality typical of Eastern Slovak culture. The themes, which pierce the skin like sharp nails, freeze, cringe with irony, and seduce with passion.
…It cannot be called anything other than a perfect illusion, a genuine art of dance, which even in this highly stylized work appears natural. It reveals the real world just around the corner where we are too scared to as much as even look.
…100 Wounded Tears is a savage hour, fearless and frenetic movement that tears at your heart: breath‐taking and exhausting to watch, it is immersive and engulfing: a far cry from the technical politeness of much British contemporary, which can be ballet with added awkward steps.