THE [JENŮFA] PROJECT:
Secretly pregnant out of wedlock, Jenůfa desperately tries to secure her own future and that of her unborn child. In an attempt to break patriarchal cycles of the past and save Jenůfa from her own mistakes, Jenůfa’s stepmother Kostelnička sets off a chain of events with tragic consequences.
[Jenůfa] is an adaptation of Leoš Janáček’s 19th-century Czech opera (Jenůfa, or Her Stepdaughter) that draws out and highlights the powerful female narratives of the original text. The Wandsworth Fringe performance represents an early step in an ongoing creative process.
Janacek’s libretto verges on the melodramatic, but the story is built on very recognisable human behaviour: this underlying emotionally-driven action is what we want to transmit to our audience. Our physically and vocally charged performance won’t look or sound like opera as we know it. The work is drawn from the original score, but highly influenced by physical theatre practices. Our own experimental approach to voice, which is firmly rooted in the body, allows us to play with the vocal form of opera rather than being bound to it, and to create a deeper, more visceral connection with our audience.
Although our text is in English, we hope that its physical and emotional nature will appeal to audiences across language borders.
WHO WE ARE:
Bez Kinte brings together multi-disciplinary artists to make theatre that is authentic, sincere and ambitious.
Louise Wilcox, Dana Blackstone and Anne Zander met in training and began working together around the conception of this show.
As an ensemble, they strive to stretch theatre’s potential, play with new ways of creating, and explore the social role of theatre in today’s society.
PREVIOUS EVENTS AND SHOWINGS...
7th of May, 2016:
[JENŮFA] AT THE WANDSWORTH FRINGE
5th of March, 2016: