The Last Night of the Deer
By Jānis Balodis og Nahuel Cano (LV/AR)
The performance is part of the Bastard festival 2023, curated by “The Shake Down” project teenage curators in partnership with New Theatre Institute of Latvia and with the support of EEA Grants.
Last Night of the Deer is a show by Jānis Balodis and Nahuel Cano, telling the story of a roadtrip and a deer crash in a snow storm. It is a beautiful live music, theatre and spoken word performance. The piece lingers between a spoken word concert and storytelling, moving towards a collective dancing moment at the end.
In December 2021, Nahuel Cano was traveling from Amsterdam to Riga. Jānis Balodis picked him up from a ferry in Klaipeda. They were driving. It was late in the evening, already dark, and a severe snow storm started right after they left Klaipeda. They decided to take a smaller road, and there they hit a deer.
The Last Night of the Deer is a story about that one December evening when they visited Lidl, refuelled LPG in Viada and met an anthropologist, hit the deer, crushed a skull, got covered with blood and feces, were running from dogs, and were barely accepted in a taxi. It is a (true) story about all-too-human forests and the more-than-human spirits that inhabit it.
In its depth this performance is based on frustration with our anthropocentric worldview (=the belief that human beings are the central or most important entity in the universe). The performance takes us on a road trip in the intermediary space somewhere between the human and non-human. The work is very much inspired by anthropologist Eduardo Kohn, and his work “How Forests Think”. This text seeks to prove and understand the ways in which the semiotic/thinking process takes place outside the human environment.
|Idea, direction:||Jānis Balodis and Nahuel Cano|
|Light advice:||Dina Beināre|
|Co-produced by:||The International festival of Contemporary Theatre HOMO NOVUS and ANTI - contemporary arts festival|
|Implemented as part of ACT:||Art Climate, Transition project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU|
|Supported by:||This event is supported by the EEA Grants programme “Local Development, Poverty Reduction, and Cultural Cooperation”|
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