Dimitri Ariupin @en
blackSKY was founded in 1988 and their first performance was premiered in 1989. The company have produced seven spectacles. In 2000 they won the Fringe First in Edinburgh and the Total Theatre Award.
Each performance is a kind of magic image: computer graphics, fantastic music, dazzling light effects create something unreal, the world of great illusion which is at the same time is a tremendously intimate and genuine world. These performances fascinating with their energy become attractive for very different spectators, for theatre connoisseurs, young people, professionals and people interested in novelties.
The company’s founders have elaborated a special technique which situates the actors ‘at the edge’, somewhere between reality and illusion, and their spectacles are closer to the logic of dreams than anything real. It is difficult to classify this kind of approach to theatre, which is probably closer to modern choreography and its independent forms than the pure theatre tradition.
The actors do not tell a story which has its time and frames. They present a reflection of reality in dreams, the boundaries between the inner and outer world, relying on intuition and subconsciousness of their audience. In this huge looking-glass every spectator should see his own inner world, his personal fate.
blackSKYwhite is probably the most adequate embodiment of Antonin Artaud’s theatre of cruelty, whereas its cruelty is the cruelty of a looking glass.