the Life of Giraffes
Tiago Rodrigues wrote the play ‘Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes’ about the consequences of the economic crisis. Giraf is a nine-year-old girl. Her mother is dead, and her father is an unemployed actor. Her preparations for her talk about the giraffe get stuck, because they have no money for the Discovery Channel. With her teddy bear Judy Garland, Giraf goes looking for money in the world of ATMs, police, paedophiles, and prime ministers – the hopeful and dark imaginary world of a child.
Giraf is in a fantasized road movie. The round disc on which the set is placed is constantly in motion. Because the stage revolves, the whole structure can be continuously played with and adapted. Every rotation provides new locations and characters in Giraf’s head. The setting is the skyline of the city, in which Giraf and her teddy bear Judy Garland are on an expedition. A surrealistic landscape of cheap materials, second-hand items, and the collections that a girl keeps in her room.
director Paul Knieriem
light Gé Wegman
costumes Jorine van Beek