The Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center welcomes London’s Theatre Re for a one-time performance of The Nature of Forgetting; this poignant and powerful piece combines physical theatre with a live musical score. It is a journey of shining humanity and celebration of a life well lived.
“Dementia is a tragic condition that touches virtually everybody in some form or another. However, this theater piece is the opposite of sad or tragic, it’s quite uplifting,” said Adele Adkins, executive director of the Clark State Performing Arts Center. “Through movement of great physicality and compelling live music, The Nature of Forgetting is the story of Tom, a middle-aged father, struggling in the early stages of dementia. The piece, and Tom’s memories, are a life affirming journey into a weakened mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated.”
Collaborating with London neuroscientist Kate Jeffery, Theatre Re has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real life experiences. Theatre Re presents The Nature of Forgetting with bursts of creativity, joy and heartache.
Established in 2009 by actor and director Guillaume Pigé, Theatre Re is quickly becoming an international standard-bearer for powerful physical productions on the human condition. A London-based ensemble creating thought-provoking and moving work, Theatre Re performances examine the fragility of life in a compelling style embracing mime, narrative theatre and live music.
The name of the company comes from the prefix ‘re’. It is the ‘re’ of re-discovering and re-imagining, breathing new life into what already exists. Theatre Re productions have toured widely in the UK as well as in France, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany. Festival appearances include the Edinburgh Fringe, London International Mime Festival and Avignon Off in France.
The Nature of Forgetting begins at 8 p.m., Friday, November 1 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield. Tickets are $15.25 each and are available at ticketmaster.com.