Musical magical-realist family performance about a brave girl.
Saar lives in a town divided by a wide river with no bridges. On Saar’s side of town, people have a lot of bad luck. Bags full of real, tangible and palpable bad luck are brought past the doors daily. Everyone should take them in. There is no escaping that.
Why are Saar and her father actually more unlucky than the people on the other side of the river? Resistance begins with asking yourself a question and then asking another person that question. Saar crosses the river determined to find answers to her questions. Where does this bad luck come from, is it dumb luck, fate, a god, a system or your own fault?
Saar takes a magical journey through peculiar agencies and people who could be responsible for spreading the bags of bad luck. Will she manage to find an answer and thereby defeat bad luck?
The performance is based in part on philosophical conversations conducted with children around the themes of “bad luck” and “fate”.
The research phase also included interviews with adults who have borne the brunt of an unfair system.
Photo: Christel de Wolff, Benno Barends
George Tobal wrote the following about Benno Barends
Benno knows better than anyone that light is a powerful tool to convey emotions and support storytelling. Because of his technical knowledge and creative vision, he knows how to take full advantage of this. He likes to experiment with different light sources, colors, patterns and movements to create a unique and dynamic lighting atmosphere. His designs are often an integral part of the performance and contribute to the audience’s overall experience.
Clearly, the development Benno Barends has gone through in his career has been impressive. His work is multifaceted and has covered a variety of themes and genres, from intimate stage performances to large-scale musicals. This diversity in his work is a testament to his flexibility and skill as a lighting designer.
Benno Barend’s development shows the importance of mastering both the technical and creative aspects of a profession. His background as a lighting technician gave him a solid foundation to then grow into an exceptional lighting designer. His substantive approach and dramaturgical motivation ensure that his designs are always thoughtful and meaningful. His work contributes in a valuable way to the overall experience of theater performances.
Cast & Creatives
Director and writer: George Tobal
Set/costume design: Morgana Machado Marques
Lighting design: Benno Barends,
Arrangements: Milan Sekeris
Producer: George and Eran Productions,
Youth theater the Krakeling