La Donna é Mobile

Theatre Performance 2013

Devised by RemoteControl

Performed by Petra Casale, Ingrid Liavaag, Christine Ryndak, Emily Wachter

 

With the support of Summerhall Edinburgh, Unity Theatre Liverpool,

Bikeshed Theatre Exeter, Incoming Festival London,

Fringe Festival Beijing, Jacques Lecoq School Paris

 

Nominated Total Theatre Award Best Emerging Company, Edinburgh Festival 2013 Winner Wildfire Critics’ Choice Award, Ignite Festival UK 2013
Shortlisted for most exciting emerging company, Fest Live UK 2013

 

Words are no longer enough.

The body must now speak.

And what will it say?

This is about the private and the perverse…an experiment…an investigation into the murkier parts of the human psyche, where the inexplicable becomes visible.

A sex-starved housewife hankers for release, a beautiful woman with horned hands shreds her own skin, a painted lady performs tricks for a thirsty public and all the while something greater looks on, observing.

La Donna è Mobile is a look at womanhood in all its deformity. Inspired by the extraordinary photographs of hysterics, taken at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris at the end of the 19th century, RemoteControl use muscular choreography, a few daft antics and a whole lot of the peculiar to plunge headfirst into this visceral world. Farewell to the unity of time and place, let compulsion and dark desire prevail.

If I say it

as I know how to say it
immediately

you will see my present body

fly into pieces and under ten thousand

notorius aspects
a new body

will be assembled

in which you will never again
be able

to forget me

-Artaud-

Hysteria - a medical diagnosis that no longer exists but in its time was reserved for women.

We became fascinated by photographs taken during Jean-Martin Charcot’s reign at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris at the end of the 19th Century. The pictures show women patients mid-hysterical fit. It was believed that the extreme contortions of the body were triggered by the innermost passions of the soul and they led us to explore the theme of repression. 

The show question how this psychological illness manifested itself upon the body and how involuntary movement is really an expression of an internal state. Hysteria as a stimulus, opened the door for us to a dark and crazy world where we dissect woman, intestines and all.  The piece is a physical exploration of .

The work not only challenges us to examine new ground as theatre makers, but also to dig deep in what it is to be a woman in all its ugliness as well as its beauty, therefore to understand a little better who we are.

PRESS

"Benign eccentricity cuts an entry point through which we can peep into RemoteControl’s world, but behind the humour lies a confrontational,   barbed edge and a bucketload of attitude. Not that we would wish exile on anyone, but please let this company maroon themselves again to see   what they come up with next."

 Fest Magazine – ★★★★

"This show is inspiring and totally inspired"

 The Stage – ★★★★

"There’s a relentless energy and whilst it isn’t apparent through narrative or theme to give an easy ride for the   spectator, the visceral experience is breathtaking...there’s an undeniable beauty and power."

 A Younger Theatre – ★★★★

“RemoteControl’s La Donna e Mobile combined dance and drama to explore ideas surrounding womanhood, control, language and expression; its   intensity, and the outstandingly skilled performances, gripped me from the get-go and left me speechless. I’m still reeling from it.”

 Wildfire pubblication, from Ignite Festival at Bikeshed Theatre

“RemoteControl, an all-female company who explored womankind in a strikingly beautiful, strange and haunting short piece that brought to mind   the imagery and surreality of the work of David Lynch.”

 Medeup, from Fest Live at Tmesis Theatre

Project supported by The Bikeshed Theatre in Exter, Incoming Festival in London, Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, Dansearena Nord Norway, Performing Art Hub Norway and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair.