In the backstage of a theatre, an old actress in her twilight years wonders what she is doing there. A woman comes up to her and reminds her the meaning of her presence: to play the role of Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull.
It will be her last role. Her memory goes out the window and though she doesn’t quite know who she is nor what her role is, she is determined to carry out the performance. In her downfall, reality and fiction intersect. She tries to follow the play’s plot. Then come the dialogues with her son and her lover Trigorin’s repeatedly leaving her all which plunge her into her past. She reconnects with the young actress she once was in the role of Nina, her favourite one, that of the young actress who somehow or another keeps on going. This is a fighting Chayka that gets back up on its feet and creates a new form of theatre, another space of acting and life.
Like in The Seagull, Chayka navigates between past and future, disappointment and hope. It keeps going in spite of the downfall.
Told in the form of a dream, this performance for one actress and one puppet is the first of the Belgo-Chilean Belova-Iacobelli Company.
This play 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).
Cast & credits
Direction Natacha Belova et Tita Iacobelli
Outside perspective 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
Graphics 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. A co-production of Mars-Mons arts de la scène, Théâtre Des Martyrs in Brussels, 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)