Photography by Carlão Busato, 2001.

ODE TO PERSEPHONE

Monologue in Seven Acts

by Cristiane Bouger

 

Staged in 2001 in Curitiba, Irati, and Guarapuava/Brazil.

Unpublished

 

Ode to Persephone is a theater and sculpture-in-process hybrid. The play is inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone, and influenced by Mucha’s art-nouveau lithography and the women in the paintings by Gustav Klimt. The seven-act monologue borrows from the myth of Persephone with the intent to parallel the queen of the underworld to a woman whose relations are as fragmented as her postmodern age: An age where information, places, and relationships present no clear sequential order. The play does not victimize the woman who is abducted by the infernal god, opting to picture the woman who creates her own hell instead, in a world full of dead end streets and roof railings.

 

Absorbed in a fragmented narrative, Persephone’s lovers/sculptors create clay sculptures of her at each show along the 50-minute play. Their presence creates an allusion to the chorus of the Greek tragedies. However, in Ode to Persephone, the unicity of the chorus is subverted through the individual expressions manifested in the sculptural forms. Just as Persephone reads and manipulates her lovers, she is also a constructed image molded by them.

 

 

Ode to Persephone (Polifônica Sincrética – ou Ode à Perséfone)

Year of Production: 2001

 

Theater Runnings:

Espaço Dois – Casa de Artes (Curitiba, January 11th –28th, 2001)

Auditório UNICENTRO – Campus Irati (Irati, June 15th, 2001)

I Mostra da FAP – Memorial de Curitiba (Curitiba, August 1st, 2001)

Auditório UNICENTRO – Campus Guarapuava (Guarapuava, August 31st, 2001)

 

Text and Art Direction: Cristiane Bouger

 

Starring:

Débora Segantine (Persephone)

 

Sculptors (Chorus):

André Baliu

Cesar Augusto

Juan Parada

(André Krüger substituted Cesar Augusto in Guarapuava)

 

Set Design by Andressa Ferrari

Set Technician: Cesar Augusto

Costumes Design by Cristina Morgenstern

Costumes Sewing by Rosângela Bonifácio and Maria Ângela Bonifácio

Light and Sound Design by Cristiane Bouger

Editing and Audio Mastering by Beto Leão

Physical Training by Hany Morgenstern

Alternative Therapeutic Services by Sandriane Kalamar Martins (Shanti Instituto)

Photography at Espaço Dois by Carlão Busato

Photography at Memorial de Curitiba by Júlio Covello

Mentoring by Paulo Biscaia Filho

Consultancy by Margarida Gandara Rauen

 

 

Photography by Jonas Júnior, 1999.

THE LAST SUPPER

 

by Cristiane Bouger

Staged in 1999/2000 in Curitiba/Brazil.

Unpublished

Bouger’s first original evening-length work was conceived as a dance-theater multimedia play with existential thematic, non-linear narrative, and no characters on the stage. Influenced by The Symposium, by Plato, her earliest intent was to write a play about love. Nevertheless, the text presented a completely different tone since the first draft, revealing many facets of a non-specified existential searching. Each actor portrays different masks/states of mind of the same character, which faces passages of insanity, obsession, melancholy, narcissism and imprisonment in her/his own searching. The play also evokes aspects of media manipulation and the loneliness pacified via chat rooms. The narrative structure of the play was created not to specify any chronology or geographical location. The narrative is deconstructed during its 90 minutes by using distancing effects as the documental video, on which the cast discusses their perception regarding the searching pictured on the play. Although The Last Supper is a monologue, it is a plural, multifaceted and polyphonic one. Through its dramaturgy the character struggles within her/his own searching turning impossible the existence of any stability as s/he immerges in an obsessive–or solely peculiar–individualism. In a text in which surviving against oneself is the constant challenge, the lyric/acid lines are confronted by the movement score. The work celebrates the overcome and the failing of a human being in front of a mirrored image. Nevertheless, in the last instance, The Last Supper is still a text on love. It is the last banquet before one’s own failure, which is followed by a constant, ironic and prophetic restart.

 

 

THE LAST SUPPER – a theatrical experiment

Year of Production: 1999

 

Theater Runnings:

Espaço Cênico (December 3rd –19th, 1999)

TUCA – PUCPR (May 18th, 2000)

 

Text and Art Direction: Cristiane Bouger

Choreographic Direction: Hany Morgenstern

 

Cast:

André Krüger

Bibiana Terra

Carolina Fauquemont

Daniel Teodoro

Guta Ruiz

 

Set Design by Andressa Ferrari

Set Technician: Hugo Morgenstern

Sound Design by Cristiane Bouger

Light Design by Cristiane Bouger

Original Costumes by Maike Butzke

Physical Training by Fernanda Machado

Tai Chi Chuan Instructor: Pier Angeli

Alternative Therapeutic Services by Sandriane Kalamar Martins (Shanti Instituto)

 

Original Soundtrack "To Pulse" by Mamelucos Orbitais

Vocals: Jô Marçal

Groove Box: Flávia Bley

Editing and Audio Mastering by James (Jamute Áudio)

 

Staff’s Video Direction by Fabianne Balvedi

Camera and Video Image Production: Adriana Akai, Ayumi Nakaba, Camila Heimoski, Daniella Botelho, Denise Ushikubo, Everton Seino, Fabiana Bubniak, Gisele Lozada, Josiane Ando, Juliana Faigenbaum, and Maria Cecília Lugnani

Video Editing Technicians: Dani Lima, Everson Marcelo Newmann and Luciano Silveira

 

Photo Shoot by Jonas Júnior

Photography Documentation by Carlão Busato

Graphic Design by Cristiane Bouger

Production Manager: Guta Ruiz

Consultancy by Margarida Gandara Rauen