Yerma and Juan have been married for two years. Juan seems happy with everything their life consists of: their house, his sheep, his land. But Yerma is unhappy. She desires for a free and impassioned life and feels suffocated by her loneliness. She feels confronted with existential emptiness by the pregnancy of her friend Maria and her attraction to childhood friend Victor. But years go by, and Yerma becomes obsessed with the thought that a child could fill the void in her life. Her relationship with Juan comes under pressure, until she performs a dramatic deed.
'What is a perfect life?' That's the question director Eline Arbo asks in this new show. She used the poetic text YERMA by Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca as a starting point to address and ask questions about the position of the woman in a man's world. How were the lives and development of women smothered in taboos and suffocating traditions? Where motherhood could give someone freedom in the period Lorca lived in, it now seems to have a more restricting effect on women's lives. To what extent can or does having children influence or even determine your happiness?
Unique, musical and poetic
Eline Arbo turned YERMA into a unique, musical and poetic performance. She already directed the successful and much acclaimed theatre shows HET LIJDEN VAN DE JONGE WERTHER and WEG MET EDDY BELLEGUEULE.
Tekst: Federico Garcia Lorca
Regie: Eline Arbo
Cast: Mariana Aparicio Torres, Bram Coopmans, Lina Heijmans, Antoinette Jelgersma, Rick Paul van Mulligen, June Yanez, Marie-Mae van Zuilen
"An accurate stage setting, unbelievable musicality, humour and meticulously realistic actor directing, Arbo gives us a timeless and existential drama. (...) The actors play the stars from the sky - which actually is always true for her theatre shows."