2006-2007 Schauspielhaus Zürich (Switzerland)
Fathers - Alvis Hermanis
Repeat: Lazaristes Monastery - Sokratis Karantinos Stage, 28/04/2007
Opening: Schauspielhaus, Zurich, 22/03/2007
At the beginning of the 20th century the Russian theatre theoretician Nikolai Evreinov asserted that mimicry is a basic human instinct. Mimicry enables children to get in touch with their environment and to form their own personality. In 'Vater/Fathers' three actors tell about their fathers. They tell their stories from a double perspective: both as sons and as actors. They explore the relationship between instinct and theatre, life and art, mimicry and opposition. Was it protest against their fathers or imitation of their fathers which influenced them most? What happens when they enact their own fathers on stage? One Latvian, one Russian and one German investigate their own true stories and the stories of their fathers. They explore what is familiar and what is unique. Alvis Hermanis, director and deviser of the 'Fathers-Project', says: 'I have two sons, my father is still alive, and I believe the relationship between a father and his son is one of the most mysterious things in the world.'
1 performance - 593 spectators
Lazaristes Monastery - Sokratis Karantinos Stage (28/04/2007)
The duration of the performance is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. The performance will be played in German language with english and greek superscription.