« Equinoxe »
is a creation and cultural cooperation project. It is one of the two French projects
selected under the call "Cooperation with third countries" 2011 for Europe-Mexico
projects of the European Programme Culture 2007-2013.
More than 20 Mexican, Hungarian, Slovakian and French artists: singers, musicians, dancers, actors, technicians have decided to work for 24 months on the conception, realization and diffusion of a stage show which transposes into the contemporary Mexican-American context Amerika, the first great novel by Franz Kafka, one of the most important authors of the 20th century.
The project is a sequel to the work of adaptation of The Castle, undertaken by Laurent Festas
and the composer Karol Beffa.
The Castle was written in 1922, when Kafka already knew himself to be condemned. It reveals a Western civilization incapable of escaping from the absurdity of its own codes and functioning, which were as out-of-date as inescapable and inherited from a period whose values and beliefs had disappeared, thereby paralyzing any form of transcendence. Amerika, also known by the title The Man who Disappeared, (Der Verschollene), is less somber and remains an attempt on the part of Kafka to project himself as an exile in the United States, land of freedom and unbounded possibilities, which finally appears as a country whose justice has uncertain limits and which represents a vain attempt to renew Western civilization. The first image in the novel is of course striking from this point of view: New York's Statue of Liberty no longer brandishes her habitual torch, but a sword.