Tue Biering & Nhlanhla Mahlangu / Revolver & Østerbro Teater Fix&FoxyDenmark / South Africa
Dark Noon takes you along to a time when 35 million hungry and impoverished Europeans fled to the west in search of a second chance. Their goal : conquer new territory, dig gold and take their share of the American dream. But their journey is dangerous and deadly. In God's land neither the lives of black nor those of white people matter in the ruthless pursuit of happiness.
The piece opens on an empty stage on which immigrants slowly build up the scenery of their new life in the hard country. A village on red clay soil, with a saloon, a gold mine, a railway and a church. Here they are going to record a western. With cowboys and indians, gold diggers and missionaries, and, of course, deadly gunfights. For Dark Noon the prize-winning director Tue Biering works with seven South-African performers and choreographer Nhanhla Mahlangu. Together they tell a moving story about white immigration and about who can represent who on stage.
The Danish company Fix&Foxy of Tue Biering makes theatre, performance and installation art. Through complex stories in playful, entertaining formats, the company brings up prejudices and misconceptions about the world for discussion. From a belief in the power of meeting, it often invites on stage people who are seldom represented in theatres. Thus Fix&Foxy has worked with people with a physical and mental disability, children, prostitutes, refugees, homeless and other groups that are missing in the mainstream of society.
“DARK NOON touched me deeply, gave me goose bumps, made me laugh out loud and left me with a lump in my throat.” (Enturi Kulturland)
Programmation outside the walls of La rose des vents in Tourcoing in corealisation with le Théâtre du Nord – CDN Lille Tourcoing Hauts-de-France
Direction & concept : Tue Biering / choreography and concept Nhlanhla Mahlangu / With Bongani Bennedict Masango, Joe Young, Lillian Tshabalala, Mandla Gaduka, Siyambonga Alfred Mdubeki, Katlego Kaygee Letsholonyana, Thulani Zwane / Scenography Johan Kølkjær / Sound creation Ditlev Brinth / Light creation Christoffer Gulløv / Accessorist Marie Rosendahl Chemnitz / Costumes creation Camilla Lind / Video creation Rasmus Kreiner / Production Karoline Holm Michelsen / Production manager: Thomas Dotzler/Filip Vilhelmsson / Stage Manager: Jacob Weitze Mylund / Sound manager and operator: Nanna- Karina Schleimann / Costumier: Sophie Bellin-Hansen / Director’s Assistant: Katinka Hurvig Møller / Producer: Annette Max Hansen / Distribution Annette Max Hansen / Production Fix & Foxy / Revolver-Østerbro Teater / With the support of The Danish Arts Council, Bikuben Fonden et Beckett-Fonden
Duration: 120 min
Location: Tourcoing - Le Théâtre du Nord à l'Idéal