The performance takes its primary inspiration from the self-portrait project God Nature Toil of the Latvian photographer Vika Eksta. From 2013 to 2015 the artist pictured herself with a photo camera in an abandoned house in the Latvian countryside. Using the clothes and objects found in the house, she staged various situations, in order to re-create her own perception/understanding of the life of the previous inhabitant. The photographies also reflect on traditional Latvian countryside lifestyle and it's an actual state.
Direction - Tone Haldrup Lorenzon (DK) Vita Malahova (LV)
Interpreters - Aude Lorrillard (FR) , Vita Malahova (LV)
Photography - Vika Eksta (LV)
Music - Alberto Barberis (IT)
ASK THE BREAD is an ongoing theatre project piloted by performance collective CuntsCollective and physical theatre company I Patom Theatre. The project will be the result of an international collaboration between the director Tone Haldrup Lorenzen (Denmark), the actresses Vita Malahova (Latvia) and Aude Lorrillard (France), the photographer Vika Eksta (Latvia), and the composer Alberto Barberis (Italy).
Through the exploration of physical expression, photography, theatre, soundscape, and poetic act, the artists will create an interdisciplinary performance ASK THE BREAD.
ASK THE BREAD will investigate into the themes such as; migration from rural areas, woman's life in the countryside, the loneliness and the physical and psychological consequences of the land work, traditions and rites, the connection between nature and human beings and finally the idealization of nature.
Project is supported by VSIA Riga Circus, Residency Center SERDE, Residency center RUCKA , Kurzeme Culture Program and Sansusi wellbeing residency program.