Almost Mata Hari | Lovers, Letters, Killers | english | Deutschland-Premiere
30.3. / 31.3. / 1.4. / 6.4. / 7.4. / 8.4. | 20 Uhr
[english version below]
ein Schauspiel geschrieben und gespielt von Eva Dorrepaal in Englisch, Gastspiel vom New Yorker Off-Broadway produziert vom Obie-Award-Winner Crystal Field.
In der Rolle der exotischen Tänzerin und ersten Weltkrieg Spionin erforscht die Schauspielerin Eva Dorrepaal Mata Hari’s Verwicklungen mit Männern und entdeckt, dass sie und ihre Figur einen Drang zu gefährlicher Liebe teilen.
Eva Dorrepaal doubles as playwright and lead actress in this one-woman show, delivering an exceptionally compelling performance magically portraying multiple roles. The focus of the play is not biographical, but the creative process and its sources.
In the play, Ava prepares the role of Mata Hari, exploring a range of peculiar acting exercises, but soon finds her own history with men coming to the surface. The piece blurs the lines between acting and reality and is based upon two real life stories. Two women, a hundred years apart, both lost in the circle of dangerous love.
Mata Hari was notoriously known for revealing her body in „exotic dances“ and having countless affairs with influential men on both sides of World War I’s front lines.
Trapped in a spider web of men, Mata Hari was accused of counter espionage in Paris, and executed by firing squad. Fighting for her freedom until the very end, she refused to wear a blindfold. Ava rehearses in her messy basement apartment, alone with her props, costumes and notes. Her struggle to resurrect Mata Hari prompts her to relive a dangerous love affair from her own past. Ava’s lover Dragan was an irresistible mystic who worked as a street performer; an outcast from Serbia and Croatia who „liberated“ himself and the women who loved him. A cult ritual claimed the life of his subsequent girlfriend.