The dream of old age and the fear of reaching it! In a battle against time, the Danish theatre company Don Gnu throw themselves into a physical and blazing acrobatic quest for the grey gold and to find the beauty in the decay of time in Fringe show, Raiders of the Grey Gold. Daredevil antics, musical poetry and humorous self-realisation is the foundation of this tragicomical struggle against bittersweet old age. Don Gnu spoke with The Fountain about the show and offer up tips for first-time performers.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, are you excited?
Yes, indeed! It’s always exciting to come to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You are arriving in to this chaos of crazy, where you meet people from all over the world sharing the same passion for communicating stories live on stage. It’s at time to turn the world upside down, share and spread all our love for being alive and share our basic need to communicate and be part of a bigger culture.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s a very physical, humoristic and touching exploration of the dream of old age and the fear of reaching it – a fear we, as 40 year old dancer, indeed are experiencing ourselves. In a battle against the time, where we throw ourselves into a blazing acrobatic quest for “‘the grey gold’ (read: old people, who still have a lot to live for) and to find the beauty of the decay of time.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Giving a physical voice to the decaying body of aging human beings. We saw a lot of beautiful, humoristic and expressive physicality inside a lot of old people – and again as aging performers ourselves, it was a very exciting topic to dig in to. Our goal was to let the dreams and the inside image of an elderly person come out. And in the end it’s about friendship and the feeling of being let alone when your dearest friend leave this live.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Our plan is to share and open our twisted hearts to the audience, artists and presenters. Our best tip is, to be yourself and dare to do it your own way, it is what is keeping the field innovative and developing the field.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
We have been at the Fringe a few times now and as usually we’re looking forward to experience lots of amazing performing arts at the festival. We are looking for shows that dare to be themselves and break the idea of how things should be done. One of the shows we are hoping to catch is Un Poyo Rojo.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the Fringe?
We will only be at Edinburgh for the first week, because we are starting up our new production, Pedestrian, in August, premiering October 5th. Besides that we have multiple touring plans both in Denmark and internationally, and hopefully we will make some new contacts at the Fringe, so we can keep on bringing our shows into the world.
Raiders of the Grey Gold will be at Zoo Southside, at 19:00 from 4th – 10th August. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com