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© Chai Siris, courtesy of Kick the Machine Films
Cannes Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul, one of the most magnetic and innovative figures in cinema today, ventures into the theatre for the first time with a “performance – projection” freely inspired by his latest film Cemetery of Splendour. The filmmaker’s favourite actress, Jenjira, embodies Jen, a housewife who is preparing to undergo surgery. At the hospital, her dreams mingle with those of Itt, a sleeping soldier from a country bereft of light. Elsewhere, a group of young people embark on an adventure down the Mekong River, while another group explores a cave as a possible habitat for an uncertain future… During their long dream-journeys, each person tends to their wounds and finds, in their slumber, a haven or a place of secret resistance. Fever Room unfolds in twilight, on the frontier of reality and dreams, between darkness and light. Filmed images merge on-stage with live performance, plunging the audience into a mental and sensorial experience as disorientating as it is hypnotising. Following the political undertones of his latest film, this theatrical production outlines the portrait of a country on the brink of collapse, in search of a future. This intense performance piece goes beyond the boundaries of cinema to immerse us in the film-maker’s dreamlike and sensual world, in which unseen forces can surface in the most banal reality. In the cavern of theatre, the magic takes hold, a fever comes over us, and once again, the shadows come to life.