Edit Kaldor Amsterdam

C’est du chinois

Edit Kaldor was born in Budapest. At the age of 13 she immigrated to the United States, where she lived for ten years. After receiving her degree in English and Theater at Barnard College (New York) and University College (London), she worked for 7 years with Peter Halasz (Squat theater/Love theater, New York), collaborating on numerous theater performances and filmscripts. Then she enrolled at DasArts (the postgraduate performing arts center in Amsterdam). There she started writing and directing her own theatre pieces, which soon received international acclaim. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam. In her intimate, existential theater performances she often integrates the use of digital media. In the past few years her work has been performed widely in Europe, as well as in North and South America and Asia. 

C'est du chinois is a French expression, meaning "it's all Greek to me" (literally "it's Chinese"), a phrase indicating that something is impossible to understand. The equivalent of this idiom in Mandarin is 聽起來像火星話。/听起来像火星, (literally "sound like Mars language"). On stage: 6 Chinese citizens, determined to open their hearts to the public. The only language they speak is Mandarin, but they will not let this deter them from telling us deepest secrets. Using the wide range of possibilities of (re)presentation in theater, they teach the audience basic oral comprehension of the Mandarin language, just enough to understand the gradually unfolding narrative of the piece. An extended family of 6 people, whose lives have been irrevocably linked, confront the question: ‘where did it all go wrong for us', and call upon the audience to bear witness to their process of untangling the knots of the painful truth. It is extremely important for each performer to tell his or her version of this truth, to clarify his or her role in the events. They all want to figure out for themselves what exactly happened and where to go from here.  In essence C'est du chinois is about communication. Communication that is basically impossible, but through the common effort of players and spectators working together, it comes into being. Starting at zero, they create something together - the possibility of a personal encounter, of an intimate face-to-face meeting.

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg), steirischer herbst (Graz)