based on the motifs of film Autumn Sonata by I. Bergman
Jette Vejrup Ostan
director/set design: Matej Filipčič
dramaturgy: Irena Štaudohar
costume design: Alan Hranitelj
light design: Miran Šušteršič
sound design: Jure Vlahovič
lectoring: Barbara Rogelj
promo design: Rok Marinšek
photo: Peter Uhan
coproduction of OSUM and MGL, 2006
project was supported by Ministry of Culture RS and MOL - Departement of research activities
Performance When it Passes is a story of mother and daughter. A family saga or duet in which dialogue comes face to face with silence and pain comes face to face with love. In a certain way we never grow up, for every childhood memory is like a living organism, dwelling inside us silently and sometimes becoming the intonation of our pain, gesture, look, desire, fear... It is a memory that senses our life.
The main characters of the play – mother, a famous pianist, and daughter, whose life resembles a never developed black-and-white roll of film – are caught in a spiral story of love. ‘Just listen to the first few notes...’ says the mother to her daughter when explaining the emotions of Chopin’s prelude... ‘There is pain, but he will not show it. Then suddenly comes a short relief, which is over instantly, and then there is only pain. It is no bigger or smaller than before.’ Her interpretation of music is a precise narration of their relationship, a prelude to the unspeakable. Is the pain gone once we speak of it? Does the daughter ever cease to be her mother’s child?
The question of mother-daughter relationship is in a way a universal one, the archetype and the main momentum of the play. ‘Passing over from physical pain, where the play of symptoms takes place and the effects are decided, to the metaphysical level, where scheming, outlining, and finally the realisation of the pure event happens,’ are the words of G. Deleuze on the purpose of the art of narrative. When it Passes is a literal repetition of that thought.
The music of the performance is more or less sound scenery or sound picture, sound sonata; a combination of music and sounds of nature, of wind, breathing, autumn... As Bergman put out, the natural sounds are the most perfect material for sticking together the picture of a film.
Autumn Sonata is a metaphor, psychoanalysis, an archetype, realism, a memory, a family saga. Human relationships in it are gentle and deeply cruel. In one single evening the main heroines dig out the cruellest memories that shaped their lives. They hit the rock bottom, inside which two opposite poles are met – hate and love, and become one single emotion. Then they live on... their separate lives... Their separate autumn...
Inside us there is a dweller we do not know. Just like in a tree which does not really know why it casts off its leaves in the autumn shadow and remains on its own until the light of the spring arrives. It does not know.