the hunger artist

di eimuntas nekrosius

 It was the last work of Franz Kafka, one of the few writings that the author wanted to publish in life. Consumed by the illness, he saw the drafts on June the 2nd 1924, the day before he died, in the Kierling hospital in Wien, leaving the disposition to Max Brod to burn all the unpublished manuscripts and to prevent new editions of those already published.

His friend didn’t  honored his last wishes, and The Hunger Artist (Ein Hungerkunstler) saw the light in the same year.

Nekrosius use this last script of Kafka to investigate in our unconscious, to see in our look, in our eyes the void and the need of nourishment and our hunger to understand and to love.

In the text there is already something theatrical. And not only because the protagonist, a booth phenomenon that exhibits for a public of a circus.

The whole story has a dramatic setting, that seems recreated on a stage floor due to its essential scene components. A cage, a pendulum, a straw pallet, some torch: minimal scenery, as on a Becket play, and each object is lighted by its own physical force and because its symbolic and story standpoint significance.

A poor background but powerfully evocative, not so different from the scenography appearance, where Kafka’s  most loved writer Gustave Flaubert had stage the visions of another famous character on fast.

An ironic and sarcastic parable of the eternal incurrent mission of the artist, of his contradictions and on his failures.

A text that is read in about twenty minutes, unique case in a performance of Nekrosius, that promise for the first time, a brief length.

The world premiere is foreseen in Vilnius around mid November 2015, and two previous open rehearsals are booked at Saint Petersburg, in the frame of the Baltic House Festival on October the 4th and 5th 2015.

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