12. Mai —
18. Juni 2017

Lady Eats Apple

Back to Back Theatre

© Jeff Busby
© Krafft Angerer
© Krafft Angerer
© Krafft Angerer
© Krafft Angerer
An anxious God creates the world hoping for a little worship. An uneasy romance between a new Adam and a new Eve emerges in one of the most impossible places. In the black half-darkness under a huge heavenly tent, the spectators gather together, and, equipped with headphones, become eye- and earwitnesses of the creation of the world. The voice of God proclaims the ban on eating from the tree of knowledge – "For on the day when you eat of it, you must die of death" – which confuses Adam completely. While he tries to figure out the meaning of this complex matter, Eve has already bitten into an apple. The expulsion from Paradise, and, thus, the beginning of culture and civilization, is, for Back to Back Theatre, a departure for a great, unknown world. The concern is not to explain the beginning or the end, but to make us feel the fear that lies between them.

From the city of Geelong, in Australia, Back to Back Theatre is driven by a group of actors with intellectual disabilities, creating work that questions our assumptions and offering an alternative view on the world. In Lady Eats Apple, they create a three-part world theatre. Three times the grandiose, heavenly tent collapses over us, in order to be spectacularly set up again. Adam and Eve will leave us. God will leave us. Only Death will not leave us. The finiteness of our existence makes us realize that it is an arrogance of our culture when we believe ourselves to be worth more than an animal or a plant. The boundaries between great epic tales and everyday life blur in a cosmic waltz.