Tarkovsky’s Last Days of Europe

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Written, directed and designed by David Glass in collaboration with artists from the Devised Theatre Workshop Macau.

A Research and Development Co-production with Rolling Puppet Theatre company Macau.

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Tarkovsky’s Last Days of Europe takes as its starting point three films of the great Russian film director, Andre Tarkovsky-Mirror, Nostalgia and Stalker- and Tarkovsky’s search for a ‘pure cinema.’ This devised physical/visual theatre piece grew out of a years learning process that David Glass led with theatre artists Macau, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It explores the themes of ‘memory, family, nostalgia and the end of culture’, which are woven together through a playful blend of humour and Russian fatalism. Perhaps also reflecting the decline of Europe as expressed in the classical figure of Europa the Mother of King Minas. It’s first Iteration was performed at Studio Theatre in collaboration with Rolling Puppet.

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The second iteration is being devised and rehearsed as part of the Ensemble’s ongoing partnership with the MA Performance students at the Central Academy of Dramatic Art in Beijing in April 2020 as part of the Ensemble’s thirtieth anniversary.

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