"an astonishing piece of work"
"The setting was breathtaking in its simplicity"
"hugely imaginative staging" - fringereview
THIRST OF THE SALT MOUNTAIN
Or deconstructing God though individuality
Brighton Fringe – Emporium Theatre, May 18th to 23rd
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." (Genesis, 1)
THIRST OF THE SALT MOUNTAIN is a performance with a postmodern (and) minimalist take on the concept of faith and identity. A brand new translation of award-winning Romanian playwright Marin Sorescu’s pioneering surrealist work, 'Thirst Of The Salt Mountain'.
A man swallowed by a whale. A churchman abandoned by his congregation. The end of the world itself. All are present in this visceral production fusing poetry, Old Testament parable and stark 20th century existentialism with intense physical performance, live sound and digital media.
It’s Genesis in reverse – the end of the world itself, a world where the absence of God is the greatest, most prominent of presences. Many describe Sorescu as an Eastern European Beckett – due to the raw, organic texture of his language and the polarity of existence (life-death, hope-despair) constantly present in his works. The play and the performance are, together, a fulfilment of Camus’ idea of Absurdism marked by the constant inner fight of the characters, a fight between the search for an inherent value, a meaning to life….and the inevitable failure to find it.
An aggressive performance, minimalist yet lavish in sound and imagery, static yet dynamic through intensive physical performance: THIRST OF THE SALT MOUNTAIN sticks a finger in the wound of modern society: [BLEEDING IGNORANCE], and twists.