Isolated by a natural disaster a group of people locked themselves into a basketball court hoping that the horror is mitigated. They kill time: telling stories: one of the stories thy share - in the manner of a modern Decameron - is Romeo & Juliet’s - everyone knows it. They are enthusiastic with the idea. They retell it, they re-enact it: they live it, they turn it biography.
The story casts in reality. The lovers’ suicide awakens the dark will to carry out this act in a massive way: the danger threatens from outside the basketball court: the solution seems to be voluntary death. The whole group - as the history of R&J unfolds - is dictating its suicide will. In this way R&J becomes the material reality of this bunch of people. The presentation space (the field) becomes the space of representation (Verona or Mantua) and vice versa. The fiction constructs reality or reality constructs fiction or even better: no border between them: only the will to name this or that in a reassuring way in order to save oneself from the boundaries of imprecise.
Romeo & Julia (Romeo & Juliet)
Version by Alejandro Tantanian from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
Lord Capulet and Lord Montague
Lady Capulet and Lady Montague
and the children
Kenneth Häcki, Matina Suppich, Pascal Schärli & Mara Schmeid.
Jorge Macchi & Oscar Carballo
Music and sound design
Running time: 150 minutes with an interval.
Premiere: January 13th, 2006, Luzerner Theater, Luzern, Switzerland