In the backstage of a theatre, an ageing actress named Chayka struggles to remember why she is there. A young woman arrives to remind her: tonight she must play the part of Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull.
It will be her final role. As her memory fades, not knowing quite who she is nor the part she is meant to be playing, she is determined at least to give this last performance. In her struggle and descent, reality and fiction intersect. She tries to keep to the plot, but the conflict with her son Konstantin, and the repeated abandonments of her lover Trigorin, soon plunge her back into her past.
There, she reconnects with the young actress she once was when she played another role – that of Nina. Her favourite part, Nina is the young actress who finds a way, somehow, to keep going. Through her, another Chayka emerges: the fighter who gets back to her feet to carve out a new form of theatre, another space for acting and life.
Like the characters in The Seagull, Chayka navigates between past and future, disappointment and hope – and keeps going in spite of everything.
Told in a dreamlike style, this duo performance for one actress and one puppet is the first piece from the Belgo-Chilean company Belova ~ Iacobelli.
Chayka was awarded three prizes in Chile: Best Play and Best Actress 2018 (from Circulo de Críticos de Arte de Chile) and the Audience Award for Best Stage Direction (Premios Clap). In 2019, it was also nominated for Best Solo and Best Actress awards at the Prix Maeterlinck de la Critique in Belgium.
Cast & credits
Direction Natacha Belova et Tita Iacobelli
Outside eye Nicole Mossoux
Set design Natacha Belova
Performed by Tita lacobelli
Assistant director Edurne Rankin
Dramaturgical assistant Rodrigo Gijón.
Set design assistant Gabriela González
Lighting design Gabriela González, Christian Halkin
Set construction Guy Carbonnelle, Aurélie Borremans
Sound design Gonzalo Aylwin, Simón González
Music Simón González based on Rafael Hernández’s song La Pobre Gaviota
Lighting and effects engineer Franco Peñaloza
Production Javier Chávez , IFO Asbl
Teaser Pedro Lorca, Simon Breeveld
Photography Michael Gálvez
Graphic design Augusto Gómez
Chayka is an Ifo ASBL production made with the support of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes of Chile, of the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles-arts de la scène-service interdisciplinaire. It is co-produced by Mars – Mons arts de la scène, Théâtre Des Martyrs in Brussels, and Atelier Jean Vilar in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium.
2019 / 2020 Tours
17 October: Théâtre Universitaire de Trujillo
22 May: If Festival, Théâtre Del Buratto Milan (Italy)
20 – 24 March: Festival Des Arts Scéniques de Panamá (Panama)
4 – 15 February: Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar – Louvain la Neuve (Belgium)
25 October: Festival Identidades – Antofagasta (Chile)
3-20 October: Théâtre Des Martyrs – Brussels (Belgium)
28 September: Festival Marionnettissimo – Toulouse (France)
25 and 26 September: Festival Mondial de la Marionnette – Charleville-Mézières, (France)
8 September: Centro Cultural Carcel de Valparaíso (Chile)
29 and 30 August Théâtre Regional del Maule, Chile
14 – 17 August: Théâtre Sidarte – Santiago (Chile)
7 and 8 August: Royal Festival de Spa (Belgium)
6 – 8 July: Mars, Mons arts de la scène/Festival au Carré – Mons (Belgium)
16 and 17 June: Festival La Rebelión de los Muñecos – Santiago (Chile)
22 – 25 May: Teatro National – Santiago (Chile)
17 and 18 May: Centre Culturel Puente Alto – (Chile)
26 April – 12 May: Teatro Universidad Finis Terrae – Providencia (Chile)
17 April: Teatro Municipal de Curicó, (Chile)
4 and 5 April: Festival de Teatro del BioBio, Concepción (Chile)
12 – 15 January: Festival Santiago a Mil – Santiago (Chile)