NO43 Filth


In the absence of cultural continuity, collapse had occurred at a frenzied pace. It had taken place with playful ease, without conflicts or any sort of violence or protest. Even actual discussions had not taken place.
(Michel Houellebecq) 

If we held up a mirror to contemporary society, what image would come back to us? For this piece inspired by Fyodor Sologub’s novel The Petty Demon (Russia, 1905), directors Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo create a scenography whose power is both metaphorical and literal: the nine actors’ feet are plunged in thick mud, putting their bodies and their performances to a severe test. In this radical variation on the human condition, one cannot know the origin of the filth and the mud – is cruelty part of human nature or does evil come from the outside world?

As relationships are made and broken, and violence follows tenderness, this comic yet cruel piece draws a portrait in relief of the emotional charges tormenting Europe at the start of this twenty-first century. Without trying to analyze the conspicuous frustration in contemporary society, NO43 Filth gives a palpable and physical rendition of these “surface emotions”: these persistent, stupid and dominant moods feeding European populism today. The almost wordless story, whose imagery is in constant metamorphosis, is carried by the actors’ physical commitment and extraordinary energy: and it leaves the audience still facing the unresolved enigma of life in society.


€ 25 (cat.1) / € 22 (cat.2)
€ 22 (cat.1) / € 18 (cat.2) / € 13 (-26)