The Jungle Book
Our final production “The jungle book” is a theatre including dance composition. From Rudyard Kipling’s novel it has been arranged a theater by Alexander Mork Eidem. It takes place in a future dimension and shows Sergels square in ruins in the big city Stockholm who has turned into a jungle. It does occur a lot of hazards that lurk behind every corner. The biggest social issue that was raised in 2007 when the jungle book was set up for the first time by the culture house it as current today as it was then. In general is the jungle book about fear of what’s dissimilar that leads to xenophobia. Mowgli is the main character and does everything to fit the “animal world”. During the banana republic scene you can clearly see the “apes” bullying Mowgli for not being like themselves. Everyone should have the rights to be whoever they want to be and also respect each other’s differences. The jungle is a democracy and “the evil Shere Kan” goes against all the laws that they have and consider himself that he is the most powerful you can reflect that to the reality as there are people who take over and fight for power and superiority. In the fight and war scene you can clearly see how people fight for the gold and they all get killed. And if you look around it is just like today. People being blind, fighting for power and control thinking they win it all, but what’s winning when you really got nothing and no one left at the end.
I have been working in the costume group during the production. I sew things and ordered things that we lacked or needed and also painted and planed the costumes. Most of the time went to discussing and try to see how it would look in the big picture at stage and also the details that makes differences in the clothes like scratches and so on. When I got time over I help others trying find a solution or ideas. Sometimes I went down to the scenography group and helped with the trees that they were building or I helped painting and a couple of times I help in the make-up group with buying make up and so on.
Having an audience gave me such a push it were great to finally get some responses to what we were doing. But at the same time the audience seemed very passive a lot of times but I also knew that the production has a lot to take in. I know for myself. Every time I were back stage I listened and a lot were rushing through my head. It got me and I bet it also got the audience a lot to think of and a lot to piece together to a context. Because even if the production already had an ulterior motive and message. We all see things different and we build our own perception, meaning and how I felt when I saw the jungle book from where I were standing. Is not the same way as anyone else is feeling or how they felt seeing it all from where they sat. They haven’t worked with it and they didn’t see what we saw of course. I don’t blame them! Everything has a different meaning to all of us. But isn’t that what the jungle book is all about? That we all are dissimilar! We could be out of our mind or freaks or really cool in our own way, I mean whatever it is… the point is that us right now being dissimilar and that we always have been and hopefully always will be. Makes the world seem… Just like the jungle book! Scene by scene and piece by piece it can seem uneven and rough. But in the point of view, when you see the whole picture it’s completely unique and got that special light like that kind of one above our heads when we get something right or an idea. Just that kind of light makes you feel glowing because you came up with something and feel amazing. It can feel adversity and like the world is tearing apart but there are moments when that light arrives and that storm passes by and somehow it turns great even if you did not believe it would in the first place. But that’s not just why the world actually is great, that’s not just why the jungle book is great, that’s why we just have to be proud of our whole production and everything we have built and worked for. That’s my summary of our production. That’s what the results of our production is. I have learned and progressed a lot. Both in dance and expression, and the work behind the stage and also as a person to dare more and achieve more and the most important of all. Learning about others and how to be a part of something that’s what the results are.