MUTE / En Sourdine

Amplify the silence


Most adults older than 30 cannot hear sounds with a frequency of 18-21kHz, but that doesn’t mean those sounds don’t exist.

MUTE reveals what tends to be hidden – a second world that keeps vibrating even when the first goes silent. Both are real, but each has its own rules. The important thing is to know when you have crossed the border from one world to the other, and in which world you currently find yourself. In Mute, Swiss acrobats Stéphanie N’Duhirahe and Morgane Widmer, who engage in acrobatics on aerial ropes, explore the fine line between normalcy and madness. The performance was created on the basis of numerous interviews with Czech and foreign psychiatrists, psychologists, and people with mental illnesses. The interviews showed that the boundary between the two is more porous than might seem at first glance.

How can we tell whether both worlds are equally real?

Having solid ground under one’s feet is not the same as standing with both feet firmly planted on the ground. 

With: Stéphanie N’Duhirahe, Morgane Widmer
Directorial supervision: Minh Hieu Nguyen 
Dramaturgical supervision: Vít Neznal
Scenography: Cécile N’Duhirahe
Music: Roman Džačar
Lighting design: Karel Šimek
Production: Jakub Urban

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