Tuglas / Tohver
FEAR WALKERS / PINDPINEVAD
movement-based word- and languageless physical performance
Co-production of Auroville Theatre Group (IND) and Polygon Theatre (EST)
Performers: Steina Öhman (FIN), Nishant Saini (IND)
Author-dramaturg: Tamur Tohver (EST) Director: Tamur Tohver
Set design: Marta Ciccionesi (SWE)
Sound desing: Tamur Tohver
Light design: Mahi Zadrozny, Tamur Tohver Director Asssistant and Stage Manager Franziska Detrez (GER)
Producers Jill Navarre (US / IND), Tamur Tohver Co-Producer Kristel Treier (EST) Production assistant Ratan Bhatia (IND)
Premier 26., 27., 28. Jan 2018 The Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Auroville (Tamil Nadu, IND)
Next 6., 7. Feb 2018 Ranga Shankara, Bangalore (Karnataka, IND)
There was an Estonian symbolic story about The Master and his dog and monkey. Dog and monkey wait every day for their master to come home, but on one day he just will not come. On this day their common life begins. And they are locked together in one house.
“It seemed to us, that this is something, what we have to live actually every day, in our common situation. We are stuck together, in one imaginary space. We keep together because of our common fears, very often without real will to communicate. And the process is the same- we can become from beings to human beings only via real communication. With respect to other person, by respect to ourselves. But until that- we are living on the Trash Fields, because there is not any more space left.” says Tamur Tohver, author and director of the production.
In Beings living place in Trash Fields they find a wide variety of objects that once belonged to the human beings: a phone, a sunglasses, money, a mirror, clothes, a gun… etc. Suddenly we see two beings, who … who are trying to behave as humans, similarity searching for themselves using human objects … We pass through a long scale of life. And this, in turn, will bring to the fore the question: does it make sense to admire today’s human being as a Human Being?
Adapted and Directed by acclaimed Estonian director Tamur Tohver, and featuring Nishant Saini and Steina Öhman, FEAR WALKERS presents us with an urgent message: find a way to overcome fear of the Other, fear of our inadequacies, our supposed differences and our real obstacles, or face extinction. Can we human beings – men and women – find a way to communicate beyond age, beyond race, beyond language? FEAR WALKERS is speechless and understandable to everyone!
“A play without words, FEAR WALKERS challenges us. “Our method: expressive physical theater with subtext understandable to all. We transmit our message by ritual, sound, voice, rhythms. Because the story is in our bones,” says Polygon director Tamur. “The performance goal is to go into another way of communicating, abandoning performance as talk. In this piece we use strong emotional landscapes and rhythms. Body as a message, emotion like diving, movement as sign. From person to person, instead of performer to audience.”
What next? However, if the beings are by accident a female and a male…? Woman and Man, the Son and the Mother, Father and Daughter, Mistress and… But if they have perhaps different colour skin? In today’s world we allow ourselves to be led by different partners or masters, whether as employers or presidents or husbands. Our life depends largely on what they are. Do we have enough awareness to ignore or support them?
We recognize ourselves on our best and worst days, human kind as a killer or a creator, using power. Is this our destiny after all, are we worthy to be humans, this way as we are nowadays… Is there something to admire, to desire at all… ? And what should humanity actually be?
About the authors
Friedebert Tuglas (2. 3. 1886 – 15. 4. 1971) was an Estonian writer and critic who introduced Impressionism and Symbolism to Estonian literature. He was the leader of the Estonian literary group Young Estonia (Noor-Eesti) in the beginning of the 20th century. He was one of the founders of the Estonian Writers’ Union and served as its chairman in 1922, 1925–1927 and 1937-1939. For more information, please find here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Friedebert_Tuglas. His most famous short story is “Popi ja Huhuu”. Although the art of the short story remains important in Estonian literature– the Friedebert Tuglas short story award, founded in 1971, is one of the most important literary awards in Estonia.
Author of edition-adaption Tamur Tohver (9. 5. 1969) is an Estonian director, actor, theatre practitioner and theorist, teacher and researcher. Active in the field since 1991. Founder of the Polygon Theatre (2008) and Polygon Theatre School (2009). Directed in theatre, for radio and TV, in different countries. This is exactly his 75th production.
The New Indian Express : The Fear Within (read full interview here)
The Hindu : “Unafraid of the other”
Auroville Radio and TV : Interview with Tamur and Nishant on their upcoming theatre production
Estonian Public Braodcasting Company : Polygon Theatre’s new premier in India!
Auroville Art Service : Photos from Fear walkers presentation
AUDIENCE LOVE US
The piece called Fear Walkers that I saw This Sat. knocked me out. Oh yes, you could have gotten the idea of the play dance quickly. But the imagination creativity and subtly that was put into the stunning set, changing lighting to throw shadows, the constant intensity but centered performers male from here, female from Finland was riveting to me. Touches like coming out of a barrel realizing that maybe in all these centuries they had missed something about each other. Thanks to the cast, directors, and crew for this big treat.”