Say that you agree! MÁQUINAFATZER // 2014
Diga que você está de acordo!
Diga que você está de acordo!
"Say that you agree!" has its starting point on the fragments of Brecht's "Fatzer", written between 1926 and 1931. The brechtian fable takes place on World War I: four deserter german soldiers find themselves confined in the house of one of them. For each decision to be made, the four of them try to reach a consensus, a parody to the soviets' formation. Among them, Fatzer is the selfish one. In Teatro Máquina's production, the group embraces the challenging task to work with the unfinished textual material and from that to develop a dramaturgy for the scene, exploring the war as driving situation to improvise and find out how is it that the theater language and timing can express the extremes of waiting, of violence and communication. In staging MÁQUINAFATZER, the group gives form to the fragment with tension, repetition, physical engagement and by constructing/stripping an invented language. The show explores the power of time established in creating continuous action, transfiguring the ghosts of past and future in the now of the representation.
What is Fatzer not about?
What is Teatro Máquina's Fatzer not about?
If it's not explicitly about World War I, if it's not about desertion, if it's not about awaiting for the revolution, if it's not about the clandestine coexistence of four man in a house, what is it about?
What is Teatro Máquina's Fatzer about?
What has is become?
Does it matter or shouldn't we care about it?
What should we care about?
Fatzer is also about the war, about agreement, about what we have left. Fatzer gives us material for us to find out what can be done from it and not with it. It's about this dark place in which nature is revealed, a place that reveals what we thought we had built as humanity, reveals what we, as men, cannot understand, what we do not wish to know. Between four walls, with open throats pointed to the audience. Between what we intent to show and what we actually do. Between what we know and what's yet to be known.
An invented language invents our Fatzer.
Fatzer is also about language. It's about the machine-tongue that invents the word war. It's about the war turned into tongue. It's about the speech turned into blockage. About the speech that expresses disagreement, mismatches, attempts, confrontation. About the speech cut out, about the blah blah blah, about the emptiness of speech, about the empty speech, about that which is only represented when expressed, about the trauma-language, about what cannot be said. It's also about what we lost, about what we loose. About what we accumulate, what we stack, what we tear down, what we step on.
Say that you ageee!
Say: - I agree! Say it!
Say that y…! Try it! Do it!
Like this: I - a-gree!
You can't say what you can't do.
Is that so?
What can you say?
What can you do?
How to pronounce that which can't be pronounced?
Saying so is doing so.
Better not to say it then, even better.
Not saying is also doing.
Fatzer is pre-text. Its figures pre-figure mankind. Man and its animal.
Direction: Fran Teixeira
Felipe de Paula
Tutored by: Guillermo Cacace
Collaboration: Júlia Sarmento, Michael Wehren (Friendly Fire) and Stephane Brodt (Amok Teatro)
Recordings: Guilherme Bruno
Production: Fran Teixeira, Levy Mota and Ana Luiza Rios
Sound Creation: Ayrton Pessoa Bob (Conductor), Marcos Paulo Leão (Assistant), Israel Silveira (Assistant), Glauber Bass, Laylton Maia, Marcelo Freitas, Marcos Au Coelho, Matheus Ramilen , Rami Freitas, Saulo de Castro and Tuilla Cláudia
Scenography: Frederico Teixeira
Stagecraft: Fernando Casari (Conductor), Diego Brito, Gabura Mn, Israel Silveira, Jacqueline Brito and Pedro Moreira
Props: Alex Ferreira
Lighting design: Walter Façanha
Costume design: Diogo Costa
Costume making: Francisca Maria, Odaíde Baía and Tetê Ferreira
Leather props: Muñoz Aguirre
Graphic design: Fernanda Porto
Pictures by: Deivyson Teixeira
Lights and sound operation: Ana Luiza Rios and Fran Teixeira
Audio-intervention - People's voices to be heard:
Co-production Friendly Fire and Teatro Máquina
Voices: Ana Luíza Rios, Fabiano Veríssimo, Felipe de Paula, Fran Teixeira, Helena Wölfl, Levy Mota, Loreta Dialla, Márcio Medeiros, Melanie Albrecht, Michael Wehren.