”Who am I? Myself. Myself enough?”
A look into Ibsen’s exploration of the many faces of individual and identity.
Peer Gynt’s life is on the threshold between reality and fantasy where he can invent himself each time anew. But is he in control of his imagination? In that twilight zone he faces Peer as he never knew him, while visited by Hedda Gabler, Nora (A Doll’s House) and the Alving family (Ghosts).
This play emerged from the collaboration of CISPA 3rd year ensemble with director Ofer Ravid, in a process of deconstruction and remix of Henrik Ibsen’s (AKA Henri Kibsen) four major dramatic works.
Directed by: Ofer Ravid
Ofer Ravid (PhD) is a performer, director, teacher and researcher of theatre and performance. For over 17 years he has taught, performed and created theatre in USA, Canada, Israel, Argentina and Denmark.
In Anton Chekhov’s classic comedy, we meet Madame Ranevskaya and her extended family, as she returns from Paris to her indebted ancestral estate and cherry orchard, just to see it finally auctioned away and the orchard cut down.
In the face of impending doom, the characters employ a variety of absurd tactics to distract themselves from dealing with it: shopping, partying, drinking, joking, reminiscing, philosophizing, entertaining and emoting in one continous, absurd improvisation to divert their attention from the fact that their world is coming to an end. Like partying on the deck of the Titanic.
This contemporized re-imagining of The Cherry Orchard refers explicitly to our present predicament of impending environmental, economic, political, and migrational disaster, by focusing sharply on the “no hear, no see” attitude and laughably incompetent solutions the characters, like we in our age, come up with.
In another contemporary move, the orchard has been invaded by mysterious strangers, who’ve set up camp and who’re knocking on the kitchen door, like strangers on the door of Fort Europa.