Masculinity and Femininity
strike a common spark
under the eternally starry vault
of the melancholic northern sky
meanwhile the big camera is rolling
and the old school’s
reel of tape
is spinning loose
and once again
as the fin-de-soirée
lights grow dim
and the folk spill into the town-squares
the glistening snow lies fann’d beneath
of the last tango
(trans. Eva Buchwald)
Kristian Smeds’ latest stage work brings together two formidable acting talents: Annamária Láng from Hungary and Juhán Ulfsak from Estonia. Their partnership produces a theatrical dance rich in passion, absurdity and humour. A highly visual and musical performance, just filming is also a heart-felt tribute to cinematic art.
Actress Annamária Láng is one of Hungary’s best known artists on independent theatre circuit. Láng was long associated with the Krétakör theatre founded by Árpád Schilling, but since leaving the company she has worked freelance. Láng has worked in theatre and film in Hungary, Germany, Switzerland and France.
Actor and director Juhán Ulfsak, is one of Estonia’s most influential contemporary artists. He is a founder member of Estonia’s first independent theatre, the Von Krahl company. Ulfsak has worked with leading figures from the art world in Estonia, Germany and Finland. He has participated in several productions by director Kristian Smeds: The Year of the Hare, The Seagull, Mental Finland and Der Imaginäre sibiriske Zirkus des Rodion Raskolnikow. Last year Ulfsak worked as a director for the Von Krahl company , Theatre N0 99, and the Estonian Drama Theatre. In autumn 2016 he will be directing William Golding’s Lord of the Flies at the Finnish Theatre Academy.