They’re having a celebration tomorrow at retirement home Eglantine. Frans and Hélène, both 106 years of age, celebrate their 80th anniversary together. But in the middle of the night, while he is looking at her, Frans notices that she isn’t Hélène any more. The contours are hers, but the colouring is shabby. Help, Frans! Help! He has to do something! Now! The door is a bit ajar. The moment is now! And then, suddenly, there they are: memories: a story about youth and old age, about steps and missteps, truth and fiction, love and loss.
In NERF, the knotty existence of two elderly lovers is stripped of its bark until a thin and pulsing vein of life remains. Moving, sad and comical dialogues and scenes are part of a continuous symbolic metamorphosis. Shapes transform, words become superfluous, sounds pan out. Reaching towards their essence.
Ultima Thule guarantees an impressive figure theatre. The musicians of Zefiro Torna spin a delicate net throughout the performance. Their quest for the ‘better chanson’ leads them to surprising locational and time related dimensions and forgotten genres.
Sven Ronsijn text and staging Tineke Caels, Erik Bassier performance Jurgen De bruyn, Soetkin Baptist or Elise Caluwaerts music/performance Els Van Laethem musical advice Wim De Wulf coaching Evelyne Meersschaut puppets/costumes Ultima Thule, Zefiro Torna scenography Rupert Defossez technique Ludo Vleugels sound engineer