O Forno is a Commedia Dell´Arte musical comedy about contemporary consumer society for all audiences older than 8 years old. O Forno invites us to think about the way we are living in society, about the way we are using our natural resources and the future we offer for the XXI century. We approach the theme through the use of humor, gesture and live music, in a show inspired by the ingenuity of the Commedia Dell´Arte and the brechtien burlesque.
The structure, the sets, and the first part of the rehearsals took place at the "Ferme du Hayon", a collectively managed ecological farm in Gaume, in the south of Belgium. Our stay was an exchange: time and space for the creation of a show in exchange for help in the reconstruction of an old oven. The oven had been destroyed in a storm years ago when the farm was an abbey. The reconstruction of the oven was made with natural materials available in the area and our set using old objects and materials already on the farm. The show was created and inspired by the cohabitation with the group that managed the farm, and by the distance it offered us from consumer society.
In Flordelis village all is in harmony. Its inhabitants get together around the oven to kneed and bake a big loaf of bread to be shared by all. But one day Madame Lisette the shopkeeper has the idea of making a loaf just for herself, and with… sugar! From this moment everything follows a chain reaction and the consequences are catastrophically entertaining.
But since man does not live of bread alone, love comes to add a little spice. Avelino falls for Rosa, and the clever Baron tries to get his paws on Madame Lisette.
The pleasant days and community living takes on another rhythm and the characters become more and more individualist. Valonian Belgian music accompanies their anxious consumerism, bringing the action to such a rapid speed that there are only two possibilities: stop or explode. And of course, it explodes.
O Forno (The Oven)
Dominique Bayens, Miguel Camino, María Torres, Gonçalo Guerreiro
María Torres, Gonçalo Guerreiro
Fran Lareu, Gonçalo Guerreiro, Lucía Sánchez,María Torres