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The tYhle company’s new project for 2018

Premiere: 13th of December 2018 at Studiu ALTA.

Théodore Géricault, Raft of the Medusa

The starting point of this project is Théodore Géricault’s painting the Raft of the Medusa. Very large painting (491 x 716 cm) that depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today's Mauritania on 2 July 1816. Three days later at least 147 people were set adrift on a hurriedly constructed raft; all but 15 died in the 13 days before their rescue, and those who survived endured starvation and dehydration and practised cannibalism.

The painting shows men on the border between life and death.
The central idea of the project is the fragility of existence, instability, loss of balance, and
the unpredictability of life: moments when our normality is suddenly overturned or when we are living some grey reality that blends both light and shade.

Then, taking this painting as our starting point, we will develop our ideas in the direction of minimalism or abstraction.

Choreographer, scenographer: Marie Gourdain
Dramaturgy: Lukáš Karásek
Performers: Sabina Bočková, Florent Golfier, Marek Menšík, Jaro Ondruš, Matthew Rogers
Lighting design: Zuzana Režná
Choreographic consultant: Hana Polanská Turečková
Engineer: Xavier Tiret
Technician / construction: Štěpán Hejzlar