I am currently living and working at the academia belgica in Rome researching the good old, ever fluid and at the same time porous dichotomy between nature and culture. I am happy to announce some events here as well. We will show Balthazar in Frankfurt and Tonight, lights out! in Riga and Brussels and the performance He Was not Free, but a Mote in the Dark of Absolute Freedom will be presented for the first time as part of the School of Distance in the framework of the program Immersion at Berliner Festspiele.
The donkey is the protagonist in Balthazar, he is its moving centre towards which all actions are orientated. He is the master of the stage. He appoints the performers; nothing can happen without him.He is the cloudy centre of the piece where all narrative strands converge, become entangled and are lost. He is an insurmountable hurdle for the constitutive elements of the ‘stage’ as an artistic system: intention, identification, representation, framing, shared experience, community of minds…
see Maximilian Haas on Balthazar in antennae 31, spring 2015.
tonight, lights out!
On December 8, 2007 the Bild Zeitung, Germany’s most important tabloid and Europe’s best selling newspaper, was proclaiming with big letters on its front page: “Tonight, lights out from 20:00 to 20:05!”. By performing this small symbolic action of switching off the lights people were part of the large community who cares for climate change and who is determined to solve this problem together. For the time of five minutes… Tonight, lights out! transposes this action from the level of an entire country to the closed space of a theatre.
he was not free, but a mote in the dark of absolute freedom
The last sentence of Murphy, Beckett’s third novel, constitutes the initial impulse for this new work. What happens when we watch over people closing their eyes? They get immersed in darkness. They interrupt their activities and withdraw from the world. They escape from the globally connected present and enter into a place and a time of their own. We together become a mote in the dark of absolute freedom.
Performance: Hidde Aans-Verkade, Alondra Castellanos Arreola, Zoë Demoustier, Noha Ramadan, Luuk Weers.