Playing with Fire
There are three things in the world at which some person can stare forever: water, fire and other person working. Fire-theatre Ex can propose you to stare at the fire, neverending fire, twisted into the canvas of the magical theater pageant. And there is no doubt that you will be put into trance and will not be able to close your eyes and stop watching.
Theatre Ex consists of the graduates of Moscow theatre and circus institutes, its founder Yuriy Berladin is rather famous theatre producer in Russia and in Europe. At the present stage of its development, theatre Ex carries the style of the vagrant street theatres, with the elements of fire-fakir-shows and miracle-plays.
The passion for playing with natural fire and different types of pyrotechnics has made the performance of the theatre absolutely unique. On the one part it is a professional troupe with the professional production and staging and on the other hand all the participants of the show are working with the natural fire, which as you might know is rather dangerous and can be harmful.
The cleaning mysterious substance of fire is well known from many sacred knowledges of the humanity – from the one hand it can be connected with evil forces, but if you go through it you become clean and immortal. There is plenty of funny satire on our life and much dancing and improvisation used in the performances and there is absolutely no speech, but only the conversation of each actor with fire. The pantomime and clownery are supported by live music with trumpets, horns and drums.
It seems like the ingenuity of the producer does not have any boundaries: the performance begins with the noise of many pipes and trumpets, tongues of flame are cutting the night sky. The actors are dressed in the burning hats, skirts with fireworks, strange metal armory, reminding the knights of the secret order. They are rolling the fire on the metal chains, long sticks, riding the bicycle with the fireworks on the wheels, the fireman is walking on the burning stilts, the fire lady is dancing on the burning pan, reminding the fire and brimstone in hell, there is the burning fan in her hands and her little sister is jumping with the burning skipping-rope. And of course the main, central figures of the crazy fire performance: the organ, which is belching the flames together with the sounds and the large burning wagon. It is raining with fire-drops and the fire is in the eyes of the spectator.
Theatre Ex proposes special programmes for corporate parties, indoor performances, interactive performances and you can order the show for your private party. Ex Theatre is often taking part in international theatre festivals, and it was the winner of the international festival of trick art and cinema “Prometheus”.
After the performance you feel a little bit sad, as if the circus has gone and the city has penetrated into its day-to-day routine life, there can also be thoughts about the illusiveness of our life here on earth, some apocaliptical mood is about to come, but life goes on, and there will definitely be another life after the fire.