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Land Without Words by Darius Lukas Piraitis

Posted August 30, 2012 in Events

Darius Lukas Theatre Company Presents:

A play written by Dea Loher and directed by Darius Lukas Piraitis at LAMDA Linbury Studio.


Darius Lukas on Dea Loher:

Some years ago I met Dea Loher at a theatre festival and conversed with her only briefly.  Then I happened to observe rehearsals of her two renowned plays – Innocence and Das Leben auf der Praça Roosevelt.I loved her writing: cold, yet very engaging, sharp and fragmented, always full of misfits and weird personas.

Land Without Words is slightly unique in the context of her other work: it is a one woman show and it is probably one of her most poetic plays.  Its imagery is just captivating, and the story – overwhelmingly honest.  Dea, like her protagonist, also went to Kabul and what she saw not only shocked her but inspired this play.

Recently having spent some time in German theatre, I find Dea Loher’s work somehow reflective of its vibe and atmosphere.  And I daresay, most of the time it is a playground, where very original and tremendously creative work happens.  In directing Land Without Words, I’m hoping to unite both German and British approaches into a smooth synthesis.

Deidre O’Halloran, playwright, on the plot:

The unnamed character in Land Without Words talks about “R”, the painter that she most admires and quotes another painter as saying he “was making an environment where your whole spirit becomes isolated.”  She entirely disagrees with this sentiment and when I looked further into the subject, I saw that he was speaking specifically about the Rothko Chapel.

“he was making an environment / where your whole spirit becomes isolated” (a character on Rothko)

The large monochromatic paintings engulf the space here and have a transcendental quality, but also do not impose any particular way of reading them on the viewer.

One thing that Marden and our character agree on is the desire to make people feel something.  For Marden, this desire to make people experience real emotion through painting is “almost indefensible.  You’re so subject to intelligent attack because the ideas are too romantic.”

It also gave me a newfound respect for our speaker, for her radical views and her bravery in sharing them.


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Source: Land Without Words blog


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