Encounters. Invisible Theatre.

Date: 
November 3, 2011 - 19:00 - 21:00
Building: 
Nador u. 13
Room: 
Room 1.
Event type: 
Event audience: 
CEU host unit(s): 
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Encounters. Invisible Theatre.

Encounters

Since our birth, we are surrounded and influenced by objects, people, sensations. We continuously touch and are being touched. But are we ready to listen to what these encounters carry? Are we ready to hear the messages that come from objects, sensations, people?

Our performance tries to lead you to a touching answer to these questions.  

Invisible theatre – what is it?

“Your eyes get blindfolded.

Your soul gets filled.

Your heart gets opened.”

“In our lives we are mostly directed by our eyesight. More than 80-85% of our perception is done through our eyes. If – with proper care and competence – we “switch off” this form of perception for a little while, we can experience ourselves and our world on a deeper level.

In our invisible theatrical performances our visitors are blindfolded and can experience more or less everyday situations, which, without the eyesight, can become cathartic experiences.

Thus, this genre combines theatre, drama and play, and is also more than just a combination of these three. It is more because it introduces the visitor to the theatre, play and drama, as the spectator actually feels the happenings on their skin and experiences every detail of the story through their senses. The play becomes part of their life. Their life becomes part of the play. Everything happens to them. This theatre is a gate, entering which leads us inwards and upwards.

The actors of the Invisible Theatre are the Ferrymen. They lead and help the spectators of the performance, the Wanderers. The Ferrymen lead the Wanderers according to a well elaborated conception and screenplay. When - after prior registration - the Wanderers arrive at the location, they are tuned onto the performance during a few minutes of silent waiting. Then they are called and blindfolded in the hallway of the Invisible Theatre, thus letting the performance begin. The story is dramatized in the stages, where the blindfolded Wanderer is lead, moved, helped and talked to by the Ferrymen, depending on the message of the given play. The lead and helped “spectators” walk along this way among scenarios drawn and built by their own imagination, while they are dramatizing the story with the help of their undisturbed senses.

After the performance, the so called Silent Room offers the Wanderers the possibility to silently meditate on what they have just experienced, and in the Presence Room they can also share their impressions with each other, helped by one of the Ferrymen.

The Wanderers can thus get an experience which is different from the traditional theatrical performance, and grows way beyond the involvement possibilities of the passive spectator of a traditional play.  The “spectators” walk on their own invisible paths, and can get experience of something that – though invisible – leads them closer to their real selves than anything else.”  

The group organizing this performance is The Invisible Theatre of Debrecen (founded in 2005) that is active also in Budapest.
For more information, visit http://jelenletmuhely.hu/invisible/index.html

To take part in this experience, we need you to sign up as the maximum number of participants is 20. We are going to put you in groups of 4-5 people and then these groups are taking turns in the approx. half an hour long “experience”.

If interested please sign up dropping us an email: cac@ceu.hu until November 1st.