Mar 19, 2009|
What was your inspiration behind Narok?
Well we heard that the World Circus Festival was looking for submissions. They wanted mime, dance, theatre or any type of visual art pertaining to the circus. So we thought of the idea of a circus in hell—a party down in the underworld. We applied to the festival and are still waiting for a response but decided to go ahead and produce Narok for the Bangkok audience.
What’s the party in hell going to be all about?
The show will not involve half-naked little Beelzebub’s running around painted in red. Rather, we will have the backdrop set against the backstage of a circus. The dark corners in the circus tent where nobody but the performers are allowed. We hope to draw some similarities between hell and this whimsical world and then correlate it to the real world we live in. We also talk about our ideas of sin versus what sin actually is, incorporating both the teachings of Buddha and other world religions.
How do you try and convey these messages?
In general, the show consists of visual theatre that incorporates moments of creative movement, Japanese Butoh dance and physical theatre. One of the three rules of the New City Collective’s manifesto is to throw away words and let images tell the story.
How do you think your audiences will react to it?
One of my favorite quotes is by a performance artist in America by the name of William Pope.L, it says, “Artists don’t make art, they make conversations.” I hope it stirs up enough opinion, that people are left with such astonishment, that it evokes a conversation among both friends and strangers.