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Ask The Bread

Ask the bread will be a interdisciplinary theatre play inspired by the self-portrait project “God Nature Toil” of the Latvian photographer Vika Eksta in which, from 2013 to 2015, Vika pictured herself in an abandoned house in the latvian countryside.

The production will be the result of an investigation into the interdisciplinary collaboration and will give birth to a site-specific performance.
A combination of physical theatre cured by I Patom Theatre, sound art and singing cured by Alberto Barberis, visual art cured by Vika Eksta, storytelling and poetry for the purpose of pushing the boundaries of creation.

The name of the project is inspired by “Bread” of the Moldavian poet Liviu Damianu: “[...]the bread is not just a sign of joy, the bread has been a painful dream[…]” And indeed, as a symbol of hard labour, the bread is a seculary image conveyed by many institutions, religion, of philosophy.

That is why, the reasarch would be naturally influenced by Henry David Thoreau and in particular Walden.A life in the woods of the ameriand Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias of the french philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault.

To perceive the country of the workers and the peasant, we need to hear their “bread stories” and this is exactly what Ask the bread’s team desires to do in this new project.

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