About We're not falling!
About We’re not falling
What happens when we can manipulate our bodies and our physical existence, but perhaps lose our souls along the way, without even noticing?
In Kerstin Perski’s drama WE’RE NOT FALLING four forlorn characters are trying to cope with contemporary life. When their ideas of self-fulfilment shatter the dream of a love relationship, they begin to hanker for the primordial solution: The Healing Child.
But how does a mature woman go about begetting a child with a needy man without sacrificing her life dream? How does she deal with the fear of what it might do to her body? In desperation, she turns to a fertility expert’s knowledge about modern scientific possibilities and gets his wife to bear her child for her. But what starts out as an apparently rational project sets unforeseen forces in motion. What should the four do about their embarrassingly old-fashioned feelings that stink of jealousy and anachronistic territoriality?
Through the characters’ increasingly surrealistic experience of themselves and each other, the play reflects an era in which human traits are perceived more and more as weaknesses, and where a future populated by rational, perfect beings looms like a ticking time-bomb.
Participants in We’re not Falling
Written by Kerstin Perski
Dramatist, librettist and freelance dramaturge. Studied dramaturgy at the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre, Stockholm, in 1984-87. Published her first novel, Glasdörren (The Glass Door), with Starfalk Förlag, 2003. Wrote the libretto for; Huvudsaken, an opera for children commissioned by Vadstenaakademin. Skriftestolen, a full-length opera commissioned by Den Jyske Opera, Århus. Ärret, an opera commissioned by Vadstenaakademien, a free adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog. Det hjärtat är fullt av (That which Fills the Heart), an orchestral drama for children.
Directed by Michaela Granit
Director, actor and scriptwriter. Her most recent directing assignment was Flickan på Henriksdalsberget (The Girl on Henriksdalsberget) by Peter Barlach at the Stockholm City Theatre in 2003. Studied at Ecole Jaques Lecoq, Paris, in 1982-84. One of the founders of Teater Bouffons, and its artistic director in 1987-92. Has taught and held workshops at several institutions, including the National Academy of Mime and Acting, Stockholm, Commediant school, Stockholm, the Gothenburg City Teatre, and Skrivekunstakademiet in Bergen, Norway.
Makeup and wigs
“A journey to relish in. A skilful morality on egotism.”
Review from Svenska Dagbladet
March 29, 2004
(Article in Swedish)
By Lars Ring
“The four actors toy dexterously with the boundary between twisted and plain.”
Review from Sveriges Radio Kulturnytt
March 31, 2004.
(Article in Swedish)
By Anneli Dufva