“The observation of animals is superb, gorgeously realized in mechanical detail.”
- The Independent, United Kingdom
Director and Concept: Amit Drori
Designers: Amit Drori and Noam Dover
Projection Design: Michal Sara Cederbaum
Video Design: Jérôme Vernez
Music: Gai Sherf
Animation and Programming: Amit Drori, Sylwia Drori and Inbal Yomtovian
Performers: Amit Drori, Laila Bettermann, Gai Sherf, Jérôme Vernez, Ofer Laufer and Li Lorian
Cantonese Narration: Wong Pak Hou (Macao)
Savanna – A Possible Landscape, a compelling piece of visual theatre, tells two touching stories of the cycle of life. The first story, an autobiographical narrative by Israeli puppeteer Amit Drori, tells of a boy’s jealousy of his mother’s piano. While captivated by the instrument he is resentful of the attention she dotes on it. After his mother dies, the boy hunts down the piano and disassembles it trying to erase it from his memory, only to find he suddenly can think of nothing else. Drori spent two years collaborating with the Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, researching, designing, sculpting and programming Savanna’s instruments of expression.
In the second story, the performers set about unpacking wooden crates and constructing the “Savanna” landscape. As more boxes are unpacked, wonderful robotic animals are revealed. First come little insects, then larger animals, a tortoise and an elephant with her calf. The story turns when the mother elephant dies. One can look at it as an image of paradise where life is being created for the first time; on the other hand, it is a scary possibility of an artificial nature that could only exist in a room, isolated from the “real world”, like a lost paradise. The story of the piano and the artificial nature of Savanna create together a stage poem about the delicate tension of creation and destruction.
2/5: 11am, 3pm, 8pm (Surtitles in English and Portuguese)
．Please refer to the MAF Outreach Programme Guide: Children’s Corner
Target audience: children aged 9 and over. Children under 6 are not admitted.
Duration: approximately 55 minutes, no interval