Garcia Lorca wrote Yerma in 1934, but it has still lost none of its power; the themes of passion, love, death, desire, fertility (and infertility), repressed sexuality, pettiness and so on all remain recognisable. Yerma is a tragedy: the downfall of a man whose desires are too intense.
This is Jean. There are those who whisper that his wedding tackle is up the spout, there are those who let it go round that he prefers boys, and he himself claims simply not to want any... children! But his wife does. You can be sure our Yerma wants children. By him if possible and by someone else if necessary; that’s what he starts thinking in the end when suddenly her movements take her somewhere she doesn’t actually need to be.
An adaptation of Lorca in several acts, for seven actors, four musicians and the occasional poetaster, exposing little by little the fact that the belly is after all mistress of the female brain, and cautiously recommended to all who will soon be brooding or at least have their minds set on it.
Premiere 8 June 2005 LUMCO Gent