We often find in Kharms’ writing sequences of unlikely situations, grouped in the same text as normal, everyday situations. In many of his texts, Kharms portrays a reality that seems very odd, where human smallness and defects appear enlarged.
The texts we chose show the unique vision of Kharms on some of the subjects that cross his work: chance, repression, censorship, human curiosity, cruelty, the meanness of human concerns.
By presenting these texts in a contemporary context, we wanted to establish a parallel between the social, political and cultural issues Kharms wrote about at the time (Russia in the 1930s) and the situation we live in now, in Portugal and the world. Kharms gives us his vision of his world, we give our vision of Kharms and our world.
The texts function as scathing criticisms which reveal the cruelty of certain behaviours and ideologies still existing today and, from a pessimistic or realistic point of view, will forever exist in human communities. In a sentence: the subject of this stage production is the small chapter on small defects included in the Great Encyclopaedia of the Human Stupidity.