People say your whole life flashes in front of your eyes before you die but what happens when you have dementia? What do you see? Are these your best memories? What did you keep? Are the memories real or things you have never experienced? Where does the brain go before we die?
‘Dark Matter’ came out of a collaboration between Vertebra Theatre and Outside Puppets collective.
It is an exploration of how people with dementia cope with the end of their life, the end of their memory.
Set in a contemporary Care Home, we use visual and physical storytelling methods including movement and puppetry to descend into the hallucinatory mind of a man “Alfi” who suffers from dementia in the twilight of his life. We follow his past and his hallucinations in order to make sense of his life. On the carer’s (Kate) and nurse’s (Anna) face, Alfi projects important people from his life, like his mother or fiancé Helen. He travels back to Italy when he was a child and years later at the observatory where he spent most of his life, jumping from memory to hallucination, from fantasy to reality.
Dark Matter is a devised-puppetry performance and was conceived wehn the founders of Vertebra Theatre were working as activity coordinators with people with Dementia at a Nursing Home in London.
It is the directorial debut of Mayra Stergiou and writing debut of Eirini Dermitzaki.
Vertebra Theatre Company, is a newly formed company and Dark Matter is its first theatre production.
World Premiere in Charleville-Mézières – World Puppetry Festivalsept 2013
A minimalist piece of street clownish puppetry using discarded materials otherwise called (a selection of the finest) rubbish.
Outside Puppets’s take on our perversion of the food-chain through an irreverent journey from the deep dark weird very bottom of the oceans to the Nouvelle Cuisine dish of an arrogant 5 star restaurant.
Who will be eaten last?
Family audience (+2)
Tech: A street and a selection of the finest rubbish around.
In a Food Lab, scientists Wagner and Vladimir are attempting to create the ultimate super food aided by their psychotic drug lover guinea-pig. As the experiment progresses, the excitement grows, fumes and gazes go loose, mistakes happens and things get out of hands. The result of the experiment is nothing like what was expected…
The Experiment is a comical and satirical take on the food industry and its alchemical secrets cabaret performance using muppets and rod puppets.
Family audience (+12)
Tech: A table and spotlights.
Laptop playback for sound, or we can bring portable sound.
“If you accept your shadow… then you can reclaim your light”
“The thinker” is the story of how the wounded ego must hide everything we believe that is unacceptable about ourselves; to fulfill this task the ego builds a mask to prove the rest that we don’t have so many defects. Through masks, rod puppets, muppets, giant puppets, the blending of the body with life size puppets, physical theatre, music and visual arts, “The thinker” is a multi sensorial experience.
Created out of a collaboration between puppeteer Andres Anguita, painter Jaime Valtierra, mime artist Madalena and circus performer Virginia Gamboa, the show did its first appearance in the Boom Festival in Portugal for the full moon of August 2008.