The end of planet Earth which is as shocking as the end of a relationship. The End is a poignant and funny account of the ongoing climate catastrophe and of a hope-filled vision of the future. Bert and Nasi dance the end of their relationship, imagining what a future without each other might look like. Above the stage and projected onto a screen, two parallel narratives run alongside each other: the end of the Earth and the end of their collaboration. The End envisions the future as something we can only imagine, but it affects our perception of the present. It offers a vision of a future where we try to reinvent our relationships regardless of the possibility of an end. In the vein of their previous work it is a poignant, sad, and funny account of the ongoing ecological crisis. Their dance is a reminder and a celebration of our own mortality and that of everything around us.
After the performance, there will be a discussion with the authors.
“Both insistently silly and unreservedly heart-rending, The End is about the time we waste and the people we enjoy wasting it with.”
Kate Wyver, The Guardian, 2019
WINNER Total Theatre Judges Discretionary Award, 2019
WINNER Be Festival’s Audience’s Award, 2019
Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas are regulary awarded favourites of festival audiences around the world. In 2020, they received the prestigious Forced Entertainment Award. They are considered to be one of the freshest and most innovative contemporary performers of their generation in Europe, reinventing political theatre. The war in Syria, the global ecological catastrophe, migrations within the Fortress Europe. No conflict is so great that it cannot be condensed into a fight between two performers – political is personal and personal is political. Bertrand and Nasi tackle differences, love, frustrations, hatred and reconciliation with humour. In front of us, the stage reflects all the paradoxes of the political crises we are experiencing, and raises the question of how we can overcome them.
Created and performed by: Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas
Choreography: Laura Dannequin
Lighting design: Jessica Hung Han Yun
Lighting associate: Ruth Green
Technical management of the performance: Enrico Aurigemma
Production: Hannah Slimmon (for Farnham Maltings), Ginny Graham, Fiona Baxter
Partners: The Place and Warwick Arts Center, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Arts Council England