Based on a series of interviews VERK reconstructs bits and pieces of the cult classic film, “Stalker” by Andrej Tarkovsky.
The movie describes a journey, an expedition led by a Stalker who brings his clients to a place where supposedly there is a room that could grant a person’s innermost wishes. This place is called the Zone. In Verk’s version they utilize people’s memories of the movie and allow them to tell anecdotes from a period in their lives when their identity was still fragile. It turns out that no one completely remembers what happened in the film, and no one quite manages to describe what the Zone is. They remember it being of great significance but what it actually was is not clear to them today. Thus, the performance accounts for a number of viewings, reminiscences, omissions, interpretations and misinterpretations of the film.
“Stalker” is Verks’ second performance questioning the existence of God in man and abouth the death of spirituality as a result of false knowledge. In “Det eviga leendet” they put God on stage and asked him bewildering questions. This time there is no God, only the Zone. This is the story about a journey, a journey into the Zone. Together with the film “Stalker” and the novel “The Roadside Picknick” wich the film is based upon, VERK wants to reconstruct bits and pieces of the film, re-act anecdotes from the novel and contemplate around what the Zone could be. Everyone has their own motive to enter the Zone. In the film the people travel into the Zone to save themselves, and that is surely also VERK´s hope. To save themselves! The Zone itself is a large site believed at one time to have been visited by aliens and later the focus of scientist, opportunists and the curious. Strange phenomonen occur there, and obscure objects are found, studied and even sold. The Zone is also an area where the normal laws of physics no longer apply. To encounter “the Room”, said to grant the wishes of anyone who steps inside. The problem being that these wishes might not be the consciously expressed wishes, but the true unconscious ones.
Concept: Verk Produksjoner On stage: Anders Mossling, Saila Hyttinen, Solveig Laland Mohn, Håkon Vassvik, Signe Becker Direction: Fredrik Hannestad Theatre design: Signe Becker Sound design: Per Platou Lights: Tilo Hahn Text: Hannestad, Hyttinen, Laland Mohn, Mossling, Vassvik Idea developement /performative logistics: Anders Paulin Dramaturg: Jon Refsdal Moe Producer: Pernille Mogensen Assistent: Vera Krohn Svaleng Co-produced by: Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen, Teaterhuset Avant Garden Supported by: Kulturrådet Thanks to: Anna- Carin Hall, Mikael Göransson, Staffan Boije af Gennäs, Joachim Hamou, Chris Erichsen, Martin Eriksson, Rune Andreassen, Bjørn Erik Haugen, Nia Damerell, Axel Becker, Ignas Krunglevicius, Hilkka Hyttinen, Kristian Hannestad, Kristin Høsteng, Rudi Hjermann, Ulla Hahn, Christina Nicolaisen, Ieva Berzina, KHIO, Johannes Kirsten, Anders Ødegaard Webpage: www.verkproduksjoner.no
“Let everything that´s been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselves, let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When man is just born, he is weak and flexible, when he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it is tender and pliant, but when it´s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death´s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.” Stalker