Inspired by the story of Kafka’s love for his Muse Felice. A love affair that was on paper but rarely in person despite his protestations that ‘love needs weight, bodies need to be there.’ He could articulate this in letters but not follow it through in the flesh.
In Felice we see a tender journey from hope to despair to anger to desolation, in him we witness his inability to either be with her or let her go forever. He jumps through walls, climbs around the edges of the set and does anything to avoid being present. Felice on the other hand uses every trick in the book to bring him back to her, from a gentle reach for his hand, to soothing gestures and cling on to his back.
The visceral nature of this piece is articulated through stunningly constructed movement, which transfixed us and drew us into the deep emotional landscape. The work transported us into a world of love, pain, loss and heartbreak that washed over us, in waves. There was a great sensitivity to the piece as a whole.
Some sections were beautiful, slow and drawn out, while others contained contrasting dynamic fast pace action. ‘Küsse’ trusts the audience to follow.
We were captivated by the physical duets throughout, a lovely chemistry and tension was created between the two performers. Each performer fantastically embodied the distress and desperation of their individual character, the more sweaty and exhausted they appeared the more engaged we became.
Before the piece begun the audience was presented with a strong image of fragility and vulnerability through the set, (room made from paper). Simple yet extremely effective as it suggests impermanence and hints of a destruction that is yet to come. Along the way are some brilliant moments of interaction, Kafka with his writing pencils and Felice with her dreams of a home, all became locked away in a suitcase. As their love is destroyed so is the entire set, this created a wonderful and striking visual image.
This stunning piece of theatre was a pleasure to watch, we were moved and engaging from start to finish.
Alice Barton and K’lo Harris