Director: Tom Roos
A couple research the place where their lives toppled over…Magic realism with full expressive masks Médéa and Simion, two aged characters coming from another world, come back to give homage to their beloved child. Accompanied by a cello they first portray us their everyday lives: their binding affection, their habits…After which however, all suddenly changes. The memories bring back the sadness. They have come back to find peace again, but at which price? Simion is responsible for the death. Médéa must sacrifice Simion : is he innocent ? Or is he guilty ? Only the Gods can decide… Death. Love. Sacrifice. The prelude to the original creation of the piece “Flowers of Silence” was the song by Jacque Brel: “Les vieux” (The aged). This visual piece (non-verbal) is intimate and relooks at the family dilemmas of the Greek tragedies, where love, death, jealousy and vengeance lie. During this however the nuances of the play could well make the audience even laugh. Therefore the comic does indeed meet the tragic. The audience reconstruct the story by the elements given (principally through objects and the music, the latter even allowing for a ‚Flashback’, giving the audience even more the means to dive deeper into the strange universe of this couple). The masks, half-animal half-human, express sadness and madness however this couple remains profoundly poetically touching and humane.
The show brings diverse audiences together as it is performed on the street, in the townships as well as in schools. It is a form of popular theatre, told simply for all to understand. The message in the piece is not a question of moral, but rather one of observation and reflection, without answers, upon the human condition: who is culpable? Where is there place for destiny in our lives?
An ancient forgotten world falls upon our new modern world.
Flowers of Silence participated in the ‘cultural seasons’ 2012 and 2013 between France and South Africa thanks to the support of the Institut Français and the Department of Arts and Culture South Africa.
Duration: 20 – 30 minutes
Age Range: 6 years+
Grades: Grade R+
Curriculum Connection: Dramatic Arts
Themes covered: Fate/Free Will
Team = 3 persons: 2 comedians 1 musician/technician
Play space: A semi-circle of 13m (a soccer field, courtyard)
Quiet place (not next to a busy road)
No electricity needed
Performed for the following schools:
Hazyview Nyongani Village Ketsalwati Secondary School, KaNyamazane Lekazi Primary School, NKOMAZI Sidlamafa Secondary School, Block C Village Ematholeni Combined School, Penryn College, Valencia High School, Nelspruit, Tenteleni Primary School, Kanyamazana