Canoa Theatre (Poland)
The Story of a Certain Love
July 7, at 3.30 pm. and 7 pm., Rynek Nowego Miasta
Canoa Theatre - a Poznań alternative theatre whose roots go back to South America and the beginning of the 21st century. In 2002, Maud Nicolaas (Holland), Barbara Prądzyńska (Poland) and Ramiro Ramirez Ibarra (Mexico) founded a Canoa theatre group in Hidalgo, Mexico. They created performances inspired by the culture and nature of this country. They showed them in distant and forgotten villages of Mexico, and in the following years they began to present them also at theatre festivals.
Currently, the theatre is made up of independent artists from Poznań, who also co-create other alternative theatre groups. Canoa Theatre performances are based on the movement and expression of the body, on the juggling of associations and images. Narrative is kept in a comedy tone, in the convention of a joke and good fun. The group interacts with the audience, crosses symbolic boundaries and breaks strict rules. They play with music, drawing spectators into the common celebration. Spectacles of the Canoa Theatre
are for everyone regardless of age, nationality or education. The Story of a Certain Love (premiere at Hidalgo in 2002) was played in eight states of Mexico in various places - from schools hidden in the mountains to important theatre festivals in this country, including the Festival Cervantino Callejero del Cleta Guanajuato or Encuentro Teatral Con la Muerte Utopia Urbana in the city of Mexico. The spectacle has also been presented in Poland, for example at the 4th Street Artists' Festival in Szczecin, the Maski International Theatre Festival in Poznań, Wałbrzyskei Fanaberie Teatralne Festival, and No Women No Art Festival. Last year The Story of a Certain Love was successfully performed at children's festivals in China.
The Story of a Certain Love - an intimate, lyrical and simultaneously humorous story about Her and about Him, as well as about the Third one who comes in between the two lovers, trying to destroy their relationship. The director of a small travelling theatre brings his puppets to life. She and He start to play out a certain story, a story of a certain love... The director becomes a kind of fate, a creator who influences the events. He interferes with the couple in love, confronting the viewers with the question: How strong will the power of love be?
The performance tells the story of a meeting, the paths of love that are not always simple, and various faces and transformations of love. The Story of a Certain Love has its own language, inspired by silent cinema, melodrama and modern theatre, and above all by the reality of Mexico, stereotypes in male-female relationships and the macho culture. The expression of the body, images, music and interaction with the audience create a specific theatre collage full of wit and richness of style.
Screenplay, directed by: Maud Nicolaas, Barbara Prądzyńska
Costumes, set design: Maud Nicolaas, Anna Skalska, Ilona Binarsch
Technical support: Andrzej Majos
Performers: Barbara Prądzyńska (She), Artur Śledzianowski (He), Mateusz Kostecki (The Third One / Director), Ewa Prądzyńska-Kostecka (La Llorona).
„Canoa Theatre is a theatre of expression, unspoken thoughts, fiery temperament, and at the same time the result of inspiration by silent cinema; a compilation of movements, gestures and rich imagery hidden in ambiguous mimicry. / ... / Fun and beauty, simplicity and saturation / ... /."
Marta Akuszewska, Dziennik Teatralny, 19.12.2009
„"/ ... / The Story of a Certain Love is a kind of theatre that is born out of nothing. It does not require a large machine. Simple props, a few ideas and a few great actors who can interact with the audience are enough. I think that Barbara Prądzyńska, who is behind this venture, managed to marry the tradition of dell'arte comedy with the poetics of silent movies and old Mexican tales.”
Stefan Drajewski, Głos Wielkopolski, 28.11.2008