When the rebellious Franco-Austrian performance collective Superamas tackles this comedy, the result is an urgent plea for vitality, courage and spectacle. In a process that spans several months, Superamas join forces with a group of energetic, bold young people from France, Iceland and Austria to translate the themes of the “old” theatre into our time. It remains to be seen how much original Chekhov is actually left in the piece. This special form of artistic collaboration establishes the theatre as a place for interacting and experimenting.
- Artistic Team and Cast
Direction, Stage, Sound, Video Superamas
Costume Sabine Desbonnets, Superamas
Light design Henri-Emmanuel Doublier
By and with Yuria Knoll, Peter Alexander Kopciak, Richi Kuong, Johanna Mettnitzer, Naemi Latzer, Miriam Rosenegger, Gudrun Schmidinger, Katharina Senzenberger, Joseph Cyril Stoisits, Maya Unger, Maria Winkler, Lin Wolf and other young adults from Amiens, Reykjavik, Maubeuge and Superamas
Co-production Wiener Festwochen, Maison de la Culture d´Amiens, Reykjavík Dance Festival, Manège Maubeuge, apap - advancing performing arts project
Supported by Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Hauts-de-France, Ministère de la culture et de la communication France, Conseil Régional Hauts-de-France, Amiens Métropole, Creative Europe Programm der Europäischen Union
In Collaboration with Le Grand Jeu, Centre Culturel Jacques Tati, Service Education Jeunesse d’Amiens Métropole
Superamas is a French-Austrian collective. Since 1999 it has been developing its artistic oeuvre by creating a body of 45 works. Their performance productions engage in a critical analysis of the contemporary socio-political environment and aim for a formal exploration of the nature of theatre performances and media presentations. In 2016 the piece Vive l’Armée! motivated the collective to grapple with the creative process underpinning dramatic performance. Secondary-school students were invited to art workshops extending over one year and thus were given the possibility of participating in the development and creation of a production. With its new project CHEKHOV Fast & Furious, Superamas wants to continue along this path by further challenging the “project ‘theatre’”.