Sleeping Bears and Elephants  (2021)

Idea, text, costumes, soundtrack: Olga Pona
Choreography: Olga Pona, in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Performers: Maria Gerasimova, Andrei Zykov, Tatiana Kritskaya, Dmitry Chegodar, Denis Chernyshov, Tatiana Lumpova, Stepan Bannov, Anna Toporishcheva, Vladislav Morozov, Elena Prishvitsyna, Artem Sushchenko, Tatiana Sushchenko, Rafael Timerbakov, Daria Platonova, Nurlan Nurushev
Music: Soundlandscape
Light: Evgeny Vandyshev
Puppets: Zakhar Davydov
Costume making: Tatiana Pentegova

This performance was created with support of the M. Prokhorov Foundation
Co-production: Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster, Germany
Duration: 1 hr.20 min.
Premiere: Chelyabinsk | Theater Manneken 20.04.2021

In the modern world, trust seems to have become a rare phenomena. Sometimes you don’t trust what you see, but rather believe what you feel. In such a moment you might close your eyes and fall over backwards, because you believe and trust that behind you there is someone who will catch you. You know, there will be someone there, behind you, to whom you are important.
These might be the three things that most people could be afraid of: trust, to be thruthful and to simply be yourself.

Photos: Daria Pona