Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
In 1889, the American journalist Nellie Bly dashes around the world to prove that she can beat Jules Verne’s fictional British gentleman Phileas Fogg who travelled the world in 80 days. Bly is looking for laurel wreaths and she succeeds – the planned 75-day trip from New York to New York only takes her 72 days.
In addition to moving through real space and time as part of the trip, Bly had another more complex task to complete – she had to describe everything and anything she saw from the pothole and the train window to her readers. Similarly to futuristic art which will be invented shortly, Bly’s pioneering journalistic experiment is like a sketch that has been broken into tiny pieces and which pulsates rhythmically in an ever speeding world which is getting smaller by the second where even the writer herself can’t stay still.
Similarly to Bly’s hasty and unexpected trip, our 72-day journey is also the reflection of what we can see from a fictional train window. The ensemble which consists of eleven young actors turns the kaleidoscope of visible and invisible in front of the audience. We offer a feminine look of the world which is simultaneously sensitive and delicate but also darkly wild, captivating in its changeability and intriguing presence.
Authors and directors:
Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo
Body dramaturgy: Giacomo Veronesi
Cast: Liisa Saaremäel, Keithy Kuuspu, Kristiin Räägel (Tallinn City Theatre) and EMTA drama students Alice Siil, Astra Irene Susi, Emili Rohumaa, Hanna Brigita Jaanovits, Hele-Riin Palumaa, Kristin Prits, Kristina Preimann, Lauren Grinberg.
It is the PhD performance of Estonian Music and Theatre Academy doctoral students Tiit Ojasoo and Giacomo Veronesi.
The premiere was held on
February 20, 2022 in the black box of the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy.
The performance consists of
one act without an intermission and lasts for 2 hours.