Photos: Jonas Kjærsgaard, Søren Gammelmark og Christine Fentz
Premiered 12th of May 2016
A WAY is a story of life – the ways we choose or the ways we leave… In A WAY you’ll meet young and elderly people from Eritrea, Mols, Syria and Aarhus. Pieces of life stories tangle and intertwine as you walk in the spring through the hills of Mols, in a landscape where things are not as they seem. The tale starts when you get on the bus in Aarhus.
The world premiere took take place on the 12th of May. Participants were both professional performers and ordinary people – young, adult and elder from Gellerup and Mols, who shared stories from their own lives. A WAY was staged by Secret Hotel, Christine Fentz and experienced German director Uta Plate, who has traveled the globe and created works in collaboration with regular citizens and professional artists. A WAY was shown: the 13., 18., 19., 20., 21., 22., 25. and 26. of May. Every performance were sold out!
“Audience and performances, and fiction and reality are blend in an exciting way into a vidid interaction in the free surroundings of nature. The birds’ singing is free and unrestrained. The performance has a thought trough course – a course which is up to the audience to pass through.”
– Kirsten Dahl, Cultural journalist. – Aarhus Stiftstidende 12/5 – 2016
“A WAY is a quite a site specific performance full of peculiarity. It mixes 18 performers – professionals and amatuers – with such an ease that the difference is hardly noticable. In this performance the landscape is the main character, and the plot is merely an outline of phases between birth and death – even symbolized with a real midwife who does a lecture half way through the performance. The point is natures rousing of body and mind. The experience of the earth, the sky and the ocean. And perhaps even the experience of having a thin, hairy body with weak legs.”
– Anne Middelboe Christensen, reviewer of theatre – Information 20/5 – 2016
Here are a couple of reactions from the audience:
“You are sucked into the landscape. A Way from every life. Wonderful Mols meets Eritrea, Syria and Teenage-limbo. It is a great contrast. Thanks for the experiment and Way.”
“We know that we change. We often think of change as what we have been through. Are we even in able to conceive the change that are about to come? Thank you for an awesome experience!
A WAY is a collaboration between Secret Hotel and Aarhus Teater UDFLUGTEN: Femmøller Efterskole, Jafra dancers, Ramallah scouts, Sigrids Stue a.o. A WAY was funded by Statens Kunstfond, Aarhus Kommune, AP Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansen Fonden, Syddjurs Kommune and more.