Thursday 29 October 2015
RootlessRoot perform at Onassis Cultural Centre from October 29th 2015 until November 1st 2015 their new project “Europium”.
The dance duo Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Fruček talk to us about their new production, which is called “Europium”. “A couple of years ago when we started preparing this performance, we were very interested in the history and mythology relating to the name of Europe. However intriguing or symbolic the above information about the name ‘Europe’ and its derivatives may be in terms of their reference to today, we like to be practical and work with simple, tangible materials. One of our favorites is wood. So we started working on a raft.
The Raft of the Medusa seemed to us to be the clearest story about Europe so far. The Raft of the Medusa is a true story that happened in the aftermath of the shipwreck of the French naval frigate Méduse. The ship ran aground on a sandbank off the West African coast because of her captain’s inability to navigate. Those who survived endured starvation and dehydration and practiced cannibalism. The shipwreck happened because of the captain’s incompetence; he lacked experience and ability, but had been granted his position in an act of political preferment. And the people didn’t make it because they turned into beasts. The people on the raft died violently. Although they were trying to be rescued, they ended up abandoning each other, killing each other, eating each other and dying in horrible ways.
Again. This story, the Raft of the Medusa, seemed to us to be the clearest story about Europe so far. All the above are our thoughts about Europe. And this is what really stayed in the performance and its development.”