PERSONA – naga collective

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“I“An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love” — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.
It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.
It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.
It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way withus.” – Adrienne Rich

Persona is a theatrical circus show, an acrobatic tango between four people. It is a dance on the floor and in the air, built on trust and control and the intent of the other. The show is both a praise to vulnerability and a call for connection.

Four girlfriends are drinking tea, but something’s not quite right. Their gestures repeat themselves. You have to stand back and let their bodies talk. In this first group show, the women of Naga Collective confront their desires and their instincts. Persona is a story about their relationships, their weaknesses, their strengths and the masks they wear. A Chinese pole, ropes and bodies that bend and twist, seeking out their limits, that are attracted and repelled, between tenderness and brutality. In a minimalist setting, the four acrobats take on this challenge, spilling over with physical emotions.

Conception, creation and performance : Viola Baroncelli, Jatta Borg, Maria José Cázares, Mari Stoknes
Dramaturgy and direction : Virginie Strub
Artistic collaborators : Joris Baltz, Chloé Beillevaire, Sara Lemaire, Catherine Magis, Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn
Set design and construction : Virginie Strub and Viola Baroncelli
Costume creation and design : Eugénie Poste
Light design : Jere Mönkkönen
Music and sound design : Iannis Héaulme
Rigging manager : Mari Stoknes
Stage technician : Jere Mönkkönen or Virginie Strub
Administration, Production and Communication : María José Cázares, Naga Collective, TRABEM asbl
Diffusion : Espace Catastrophe / Thomas Steygers
Associated production : Espace Catastrophe – Centre International de Création des Arts du Cirque (BE)
Coproduction : Maison de la Culture de Tournai – Centre Culturel Transfrontalier (BE) // CAS Centre des Arts Scéniques (BE)
With the support of : Service du Cirque, des Arts forains et de la Rue, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE) // Fond National Pour laCulture et les Arts – FONCA (MX)
Partners : Centre Culturel Wolubilis (BE) // Latitude 50 – Pôle arts du cirque et de la rue (BE) // Théâtre 140 (BE) // Cité Culture (BE) // La Grainerie – fabrique des arts du cirque et de l’itinérance (FR) // Festival Internacional de Circo y Chou – FiCHo (MX) // Airesis (MX) // AgriSirkus (FI) // ILES Artist Project (BE) // Théâtre National – Festival XS (BE) // Bureau International Jeunesse – Programme Artichok (BE) // Cracovia 32 (Mx) // Cirko de Mente (MX) // ITESO (MX) // Zinneke asbl (BE)