• © Carly Rae Heathcote

  • © Carly Rae Heathcote

 

In this work, this play of language and lips, five performers search for Modesta. Who is she? A fantasy, a character whose allure relies on the possibility of her being real, tangible. A young girl who grows up by learning how to turn pain into pleasure. A woman who twists the rules of language and social convention. A sphinx-like character, mysterious, because we cannot grasp the source of her agility. Modesta emerges in many guises, through words and movement, and asks us to follow her. 

Ooms & Jäger work from a preference for non-theatrical, eclectic text material and a distinctly physical approach to acting. In Modesta (play of language and lips), they loosely take on the coming-of-age genre together with performers Rosie Sommers, Christine De Smedt and Arthur Loontjens. The title refers to the main character of Goliarda Sapienza's book The Art of Joy, written in the 1960s (but not published until three decades later). This literary Modesta inspires by how her uncompromising desire, willpower and joy challenged the morality of her time.