Mario Leko 

Mario Leko

Here she lies, sir

In residence from 28 May to 10 June.

After more than 10 years of working in the theatre as a costume designer, set designer, video maker and photographer, Mario Leko is now making his own work for the theatre, named Here she lies, sir.

The starting point of this project are Ophelia, Lady Macbeth and Thaisa. Three female characters from Shakespeare who, at first glance, don't have much in common. Except: they don't speak much and they all die. Leko was intrigued by the fact that these characters were created in a time where woman weren't even allowed in the theatre and had to be performed by men. With this project, he wants to examine what still remains of this today. In his quest for answers, he gathered three intriguing performers: Darya Gantura as Ophelia, Marie de Corte as Lady Macbeth and Juriji der Klee as Thaisa. Leko is interested in how these particular performers are defined by their own performative body, how much that defines how we as an audience perceive what is happening and how this interaction of the gaze and its subject in the end generates  meanings.

Leko investigates the way meanings are represented through images and vice versa. For this he stared with the painting of Ophelia from the British painter Sir John Everett Millais, in his time and till this very day a memorable representation of woman as a victim. Leko wants to find out if these representations are still valid today, what is behind 'the weaker sex' and who holds the power in this all?


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