Dos à Deux (Back to back)
Compagnie In Extremis, Avignon – Paris
Friday 10 Nov. // 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday 11 Nov. // 05:00 – 06:00 p.m.
Gestical theatre after motifs of the piece »Waiting for Godot« by Samuel
Didi and Gogo are waiting. Maybe someone will come by, so that they can leave. But no one comes, so they wait. A relationship of two men who don’t get away from each other, who need, curse and like each other. A deep friendship of two highwaymen, homeless men, clowns, philosophers, likeable characters who – there’s still that too – lack any homoeroticism.
Samuel Beckett (1906-89) wrote, above all, theatrical history with his piece »En attendant Godot« (»Waiting for Godot«). It received its premiere performance in Paris in 1953 and rose from a puzzling avant-garde piece to a modern classic. Often the work is viewed as the beginning of modern theatre. Its performances and adaptations are countless; even choreographers have been inspired by it (as in Maguy Marin’s »May B« at euro-scene Leipzig 1999).
But »En attendant Godot« as wordless pantomime – that is probably unprecedented. The witty part about it is that it does not only express the mood of Beckett’s play, but follows basically its sequence and gets precisely to the heart of it while totally doing without language – Beckett’s fundamental element.
The two young Brazilians André Curti and Artur Ribeiro out of Beckett’s piece have created an enchanting production without words, which in its lightness, given the model it follows, would be unthinkable in Germany. André Curti and Artur Ribeiro unite elements of slapstick from Chaplin and Buster Keaton with French-southern charm, and take the piece from a comedic beginning to a fatal finale that in its conclusion essentially goes beyond the tragedy of the original. »Dos à deux« was a hit of the off-festival in Avignon in summer 1999 and sold out every day for three weeks.
Uraufführung: 21.10.1998, Achères
Produktion: Off-Festival Avignon 1999
10th Festival Year