Romeo and Juliet is the story of a first and last love. The story of two young people who try to discard the legacy of hatred that does not let them love, that does not let them love each other. When they know each other, their naïve love is pure, complete , absolute . This joy only lasts for a moment. The moment when they know that their love will be conditioned by the hatred between their families is the beginning of a fatal destiny that ends with the death of the lovers. The inheritance kills them. Romeo and Juliet is the story of the inability to rid ourselves of the legacy. After undertaking Hamlet with Raimon Molins, Projecte Ingenu insists on the Shakespearean play, a production directed by Marc Chornet.
The definition of naive is “lack of sophistication but also presence of sincerity, innocence, simplicity, purity, innocence and candor, without malice. It also means freedom”. Is it possible to aspire to a genuine naive love? Is it possible to be naive without sacrificing anything, without giving up the moral inheritance received?
When a group of people started this project that ended up being called Projecte Ingenu (Naive Project), we realized that in order to use theatre as a real tool for human sharing we had to give up many of the usual modes of production: rehearsing longer periods of time, finding a gap for collective creation (slow theatre), cooperative work, risky proposals, the return of the actor as the main focus of the performing arts, recovering popular elements (ritual) to address contemporary…
Therefore, it seems that Romeo and Juliet are two of the greatest naïve people in theatre history and possibly this production is a step forward for us to become more naive than ever. Also opening a new space of communication with the audience, from honesty, from the tenderness, from complicity … Proposing a naive look to the audience in order to play together and to discover what are we talking about when we talk about Shakespeare.
Marc Chornet, director.