TRIPLETS – 3 interactive documentary-theatre-film productions on 3 continents
07. April 2012
Wanted to participate: 1 woman in Denmark, 1 woman in Zimbabwe
and 1 woman in Vietnam, all born 7th June 1966.
A Danish woman has already been found.
Project leader and director Isabelle Reynaud and dramaturgist
Birgitte K. Kjær, TEATER C, will during the spring of 2012 travel
to Zimbabwe and Vietnam to seek out women for the leading roles in
the play TRIPLETS.
These journeys will be the start of the conceptual and artistic
work with among others awarded documentary director Tsitsi
Dangarembga who will be in charge of the filmed portrait that will
be part of the shows in Zimbabwe.
TRIPLETS is a co-operation between:
TEATER C, The Women's Museum in Denmark and Vietnamese Women's
Museum in Hanoi, WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY in Africa, NYERAI FILMS in
Zimbabwe, ITI and the Goethe Institute as well as the artistically
The spring 2012 research journey will mark the beginning of a
co-operation across cultures. On three continents three scenic
shows will be created to cross and meet in the virtual world.
Here the audience meets the life stories of three women, who are
born on the same day in the same year but in different countries;
Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Denmark. They have all experienced hardships
in their lives but each in her own way has said YES to life.
In the shows their life threads are interwoven to a joint story,
which along the way is illuminated historically and globally from a
local perspective. Their respective life stories focus on the
relations between the three different cultures and challenge our
expectations of and prejudices about each other.
The Danish woman for TRIPLETS has been found and at the moment the
local partners are busy searching for the Vietnamese and the
Zimbabwean woman. But compared to the 'casting process' in Denmark,
the search for the Vietnamese woman is a very complex
Director of TRIPLETS Isabelle Reynaud says:
"Finding a woman who is up to retelling emotional and sometimes
negative aspects of her life on a stage is difficult. In the
Vietnamese culture this would be 'loosing face'. So among other
things we have an anthropologist from the University of Hanoi
attached to the project to help us recruit and
For the first time all partners will meet and the artistic work
can begin. We will be visiting some of the different candidates who
have already been chosen. Which woman will end up being in the play
must be a joint decision.
In addition, workshops have been planned to further the
artistic exchange but also to define the co-operation."
The research phase ends in May 2012. Then fundraising and concept
development of TRIPLETS will start with an opening expected in the
winter and spring of 2013/2014.