Hawaiian Fragments


Paris-Berlin wtih Compagnie Des Wanderers

Elaine, a successful, down-to-earth, rational businesswoman involved in the ever-speeding world of finance, receives an unexpected call.


Elaine, a successful, rational businesswoman involved in the ever-speeding world of finance, receives an unexpected call. Her son has been victim of a shark attack while surfing in Hawaii and has died. All of a sudden she must travel to the islands. Once there, she is confronted with the decision of the body’s fate, and goes blank. She resolves to stay on the Island until she can come to terms with the unimaginable events that have ensued, while unknowingly beginning a quest for a ritual that could bring the shattered fragments together.

Hawaiian Fragments is the story of the journey of her grieving process, and ultimately the search of possible reconciliation with Nature. 
It is a dark humoured solo-show adventure, which is explored in a series of fragments ranging in theatrical form from cinematic to Chaplinesque and storytelling. The story evolves in the imaginary setting of Hawaii, which is both the symbolic summit of Capitalist touristic pleasure and a territory of wondrous nature and ancient traditions.

Freely inspired by Haruki Murakami’s short story Hanelei Bay, Hawaiian Fragments is the opening piece of a 4-part series created by Compagnie des Wanderers. Each play deals with the role of rituals in our contemporary society, in varying settings and formats. The main characters are in search of a symbolic act that can initiate change in the invisible tissue of society, and the individual human soul. These characters range from a famous Japanese violinist who wants to liberate his son, who follows the same career, from his shadowing figure, to a solitary man in the Alps desperately seeking punishment when his daughter commits suicide after having suffered repeated abuse by his part.

Show history:

  • Premiere // 6th-8th July //Acker Stadt Palast // Berlin
  • Preview // 18th June // TatWerk – Performance Arts Festival 2017 // Berlin

Performer: Jayne Walling
Text and stage direction:  Federico Schwindt
Dramaturgy and light design: Wenzel U. Vöcks
Set and on stage technical assistance: Valeria Urigu
Costume and props: Jojo Shone
Production management: Chris Wohlrab
Rehearsals assistance: Denise Cobello
Cardboard paintings: Esther Samuel-Davis
Composer Hawaiian song: Mauricio Ahumada