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> The Elephant Vanishes
> "The Elephant Vanishes" was opened at the Setagaya Public Theatre on the
> 4th of June 2003. It was originally a Japanese story by Haruki Murakami,
> written in 1985 and Jay Rubin translated it in 1991.
> There are three stories in "The Elephant Vanishes" and they are mainly
> about discoveries which occur as a result of unlikely extraordinary
> happenings. One man becomes obsessed with an elephant that disappears into
> thin air and this makes him not able to tell the difference between the
> "consequences of doing something and not doing something". (Simon
> McBurney, August 2004). Someone else discovers that we never actually
> choose anything after he robs a bakery. A sleeping woman realises that she
> doesn't love anything about her life, not even her family.
> The interesting aspects of it all aren't the strange occurrences than take
> place but the actual results of these. The first man just stops caring
> about anything, the second loses himself in fantasies and the third woman
> leaves her home in the middle of the night and comes face to face with her
> worst fears in a car park.
> It all illustrates that what we see as "consciousness" is actually an
> extremely chaotic consciousness in a world of wild, agitated circumstances
> and lost characters.
> Genoa 01
> "Genoa 01" was opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2002. It is
> a staged reading of Fausto Paravadino's text about the inhumane acts at
> the G8 Summit in Genoa in 2001.
> The main storyline is based on the death of 23 year old Carlo Giuliani ,
> shot by the Italian police. His actual death and the events surrounding it
> were considered suspicious. The play confidently expresses that the whole
> thing was anticipated and orquestrated by the Italian Prime Minister
> Silvio Berlusconi . Because of this, the police aren't fully blamed for
> what happened; they were simply following orders given by Berlusconi's
> Carlo Giuliani was demonstrating and threw a fire extinguisher at a police
> car, so some say he deserved getting shot, but most question the sequence
> of events. Maybe the fire extinguisher was used as a shield if he felt
> threatened by the police. The fact that shots were still aimed at the
> crowd even once there was no danger, and that the weapons used only turned
> up six months after Carlo's death arouse suspicion.
> Because the events are already so awesome, the play doesn't need
> embellishing as far as adapting for excitement in concerned. Although it
> does include audience interjections, Bush and Blair soundbites and
> classics film montage of dying demonstrators while summiteers calmly
> confer, obviously unmoved by their suffering.
> The Noise of Time
> "The Noise of Time", performed by Complicite and Emerson String Quartet is
> about the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. He was deemed a genius in
> his time, but condemned by the Soviet Regime as a destroyer of culture.
> Darkness and illumination, projected images and musical epiphanies are
> used together to symbolise memory, one of Complicite's main themes.
> This mans troubled life is performed through a series of sounds, music,
> lights and images to convey to the audience that just by listening
> differently, you can learn a great deal about someone's past.
> Put it on Your Head
> "This play was opened at the Almeida Theatre in London in September 1983
> "after a Summer of rehearsals in a scout hut and several try-outs on the
> London fringe" (arts. Telegraph 11/04/2003). The cast consisted of the
> founding members of Complicite: Simon McBurney, Annabel Arden, Marcello
> Magmni and Fiona Gordon. The production is described on the company's web
> page as a "fantasy show about the Enghlish seas-side and the social
> agonies of Englishness on the beach". It was directed and devised by the
> whole company.
> A minute too Late
> "A minute too Late" toured the regions 1984 before opening in London at
> the ICA in 1985. This "clown show about death was a result of four days
> improvisation that Complcite did in front of the Royal Academy of Art
> Students. As Simon McBurney says: We had the strange sensation that the
> show wrote itself. What is certain is that it sprung from the frenzied
> no-stop action of those few days.
> "A Minute too Late" was devised by the company and directed by Annabel
> Arden. The Cast included Joe Harben, Marcello Magni and Simon McBerney.