Children have the extraordinary ability to bridge the gap between their subjective perception of the world and objective reality. The world and their world are not so far apart. However, as we grow older, we lose this wonderful gift. Boundaries appear and harden. The interior becomes denser, transforming into a secret garden, hidden from the «outside» world.

With the help of a panopticon of images, objects and visions, the Old Masters’ theatre piece offers children a home for their spirit. A sanctuary as well as a space to assert their personal imagination, their creativity and the ability to invent their own world. The stage is transformed into a world of scenes in which individual visions are allowed to exist and be expressed and in which all perspectives strive for an explosive colourful and invigorated reality.

Old Masters

Together, Marius Schaffter (performer and geographer), Jérôme Stünzi (stage designer and artist) and Sarah André (author, artist and stage designer) form the Old Masters collective. Since 2014, they have been collaborating on major and minor issues, trivial or relevant discourses – and creating their works based on this material. They create a stage performance collectively and understand it as a total work of art. Using its favourite weapons of absurdity, sincerity, benevolence, irony, beauty, sadness and gentleness, Old Masters works to uncover answers to the question of what freedom might be today: a freedom that is contextualised, changeable and always in search of its own meaning.

Credits
Creation, Text, Choreography and Direction: Sarah André, Marius Schaffter, Jérôme Stünzi and Sofia Teillet
Performance: Marius Schaffter, Sofia Teillet
Set and Costume Design: Jérôme Stünzi, Sarah André
Sound and Music Creation: Nicholas Stücklin
Lighting Design: Joana Oliveira
Production Management: Laure Chapel – Pâquis Production
Distribution: Tristan Barani

Co-produced with kicks! Festival Bern, Théâtre St. Gervais Genève, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne