5th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
10 to 17 November 2006 Kiel GERMANY

Tuesday, November 14 | 20:00 | Pumpe

performed by Anna Mele (Turkmenistan)

based on William Shakespeare's ”King Lear”

directed by Ovlaykuli Hojakuli

Anna Mele is a highly respected and well-liked artist in Central Asia. His theatre AWARA is an experimental company based on the nomadic tradition of traveling players.

Since 1996, when he first staged his ”Lear”, Mele has been frequently invited to perform at theatre festivals in Europe and Central Asia. German audience could see his ”Lear” already twice: first in 2000, in Mühlheim, at its ”Festival of forbidden pieces” and then in Hamburg at ”Polyzentral 2006”. His performance was described as ”stirring”, ”thrilling” and ”magnificent” by the German press: a well-deserved appreciation for an actor whose artistic life in his homeland was never easy. Unable to produce ”King Lear” with a theatre company, he decided to stage it as a solo performance - nearly a supernatural task that took him 3 years to prepare.

Mele enters the stage with a rolled carpet under his arm. He needs just that, a couple more props (a puppet, a mirror, some sand and paint), his artistic means and this specific oriental narrative capability to fire spectator's imagination. This powerful performance is also a great parable of all the crazy rulers of this world.

Language: Turkmen
Length: 60 minutes

AWARA Theatre production

Kindly supported by Goethe-Institute