Everybody is here because they want to see. They all say they want to learn how to see. And I can say, I came here and I did see.
The theatre always have that effect on people: you see another reality and unwittingly you try to see deeply and catch something to improve yours. It was not different in Matucana 100, it had all the requirements: you could enjoy a play to open up your eyes. They play exhibited was “Stranded” and we were all very excited to find another true. We sat down in the armchairs and looked how the curtains revealed the stage. The play was about a girl who was taken apart from Saba to Amsterdam to be exhibited in a circus. Effect: big eyes, contained exhalations, head-movement rejections. The characters in the play experimented with the girl’s different behaviours towards every element: the wind, the human voices, the sound of a metal crushing her prison, everything. They enjoyed when she got mad because she was caged in a big birdcage far enough from them to be touched. They though she was the wild and so did we.
We saw how she was disturbed by the characters. Public: laughs, screams, cries. Catharsis, that was what we wanted. But I saw something different in the girl’s reaction: it was very unique. They thought it was only a good performance. I thought that it was quite more than catharsis.
The development of the play led to the realization of human beings irrational nature of enjoying others’ pain and to the thought that now we were far away from that reality and that we have to prevent every act of repression. That was not supposed to happen ever again, was it?
The girl was finally liberated and our new true was supposed to be found. Applauses, applauses.
Red curtains down. “Excellent performance”, it was heard. But I was still very curious about the story. Therefore, once the play ended, I walked to the stage to talk with the director. There was nobody and as well as the people stated to leave, the silence became my only company: silence and suddenly darkness. The loneliness and the darkness instead of scaring me motivated me to stay and see what was happening. A scream!
I walked carefully across an unknown way when suddenly a lantern turned on.
Then there were the sounds: a man walking, a box moving, a padlock locking. The moonlight entering trough an open window showed me the face. There was the girl, screaming returning to her prison, her real prison. She was shouting to the man in dutch and she was crying, crying for her real freedom. I could not help my horror. One, two, three steps back. I felt the pressure over my nape, her voice beating my heart. Suddenly, I felt miserable, I had observed the play and now that I have found the true I was leaving pretending that nothing had to do with me. My instinct was stronger but I just wanted to see her face for the last time. I glanced at her in the right moment when she saw my face. The girl looked at me and I released a little shriek, my last shriek. The man stopped and breathed slowly, he unlocked the padlock and released the girl. She looked at me, crying, but I knew she was feeling the same instinct I had felt. After that, she ran like an animal to nowhere. The man walked at me and took me by the shirt: “New exhibition”, I could read in his lips. I trembled with fear and one flyer fell from my pocket. Finally, he knocked me out.
Now, every time I open my eyes I see my prison and the public releasing their human beings’ feelings towards the story: “It’s horrible! People used to be so uncivilized”. And they still think they are over me, over their everyday reality. Nevertheless, the truth is that new realities are created over our realities. Nothing can be created from nothing. Now I am the new exhibition and there is always someone different inside the crowd So… who is coming to Matucana 100 to release me, who is next?
(How to scape?)
http://fondoimagen.com/file/5391/600×338/16:9/mujer-enjaulada_1409759010.jpg (Link “Stranded image)
<img src=”http://fondoimagen.com/file/5391/600×338/16:9/mujer-enjaulada_1409759010.jpg” /> (“Stranded” original image code URL)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JWZjoBRMkM (Saba’s video)
http://data3.whicdn.com/images/46533754/original.gif (gift girl crying)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHRual-tI9Q (Video/audio applauses- original)
http://gifmaker.me/ (gift webpage)
http://salitrerevistacultural.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/rincon-oscuro.jpg (Gift part 1: dark image)
http://www.yorokobu.es/wp-content/uploads/linterna.jpg (Gift part 2: lantern image)
http://gifmaker.cc/PlayGIFAnimation.php?folder=2014112304IH1ShTDHa0qTvxHTisBOlJ&file=output_VpjqR8.gif (Gift link )
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QM9st5nHe14/Td1w1dUwkcI/AAAAAAAAAoY/EZ-vxwIm3Co/s270/matucana-100.jpg (Matucana 100 image- original)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-W9Tm1Clas (Video: In the box)