Agatha is a poetic text about the ultimate feeling of love. A memory of a love so pure and beautiful that it can hardly be understood. A love described as criminal. A feeling that has been lost forever, and the attempt to move past it. It asks questions about how we fit our feelings into society's prescribed rules of behaviour.
The decor is reminiscent of an abandoned concrete bunker, sometime a house by the sea and sometimes a prison. The light design sought to create a feeling like weather moving through the space, the light is imperceptibly moving, slowly opening up or focusing the space. Light coming from outside the décor serves to remind us of memories of past times, or indicate a view from outside on the intimate relationship of the two people trying to move on from this place.
**** "At the best moments of the performance, the strongly physical imagery and the sensual play give shape to that for which language is inadequate: a screaming desire to be together and to leave each other. Brakema shows how contradictory the truth is. That life is full of impossibilities and yet there is beauty." Translation NRC Review Sander Janssens, 12 Maart 2020.
Text: Marguerite Duras
Direction: Liliane Brakema
Performance: Wendell Jaspers, Ali-Ben Horsting
Dramaturgy: Florian Hellwig
Director's Assistant: Frédérique Donker
Music: Helge Slikker
Set design: Sanne Danz
Costume design: Joris Suk
Light design: Vinny Jones
Photography: Eva Roefs
Produced by Matzer Theaterproducties.
Premier 6 March, 2020, De Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, NL.