Two young women on a cycling holiday head into nature, away from their daily routine. They choose the unpaved road, and discard their provisions so that they can live from what nature provides them. This causes problems: exhaustion, hunger, conflict, and confusion, so much so that delusion and reality begin to get mixed up. The journey ends at a forest lake, in which they drown themselves.
The theatrical image transforms from a compact realistic setting into a burgeoning underwater world that fills the entire space. The characters break out of the pattern of their mind-numbing existence, and the stage follows that development in a literal way. By demolishing the office, an irreversible process is set in motion. When the carpet is removed, many hundreds of cables and cords become visible. The wooden frame folds open, and the cords tumble out. Below the cords are bicycle wrecks, which are raised up. Blue light and smoke transform the entangled cables and bicycles into water plants. To this image, the players finally lift themselves up to hang between the bikes: the ultimate disengagement from their old life, and from the inhabited world.
tgECHO/Generale Oost 2010
concept, performance Anna Schoen
director Karin Netten
text Rik van den Bos
sound Daan Hofman
set, light, costumes M\W