Who watches over our sleep?
The Guardians of Sleep, first created in 2017, set the conditions for a quivering microcosm within the theatre’s coordinates of time and space. Performers disclose various levels of intimacy to the groups of spectators.
By sharing their personal archive of visual memories, they unfold their own life stories and a feeling of proximity and deep empathy allows for them to fall asleep on stage.
With the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, The Guardians of Sleep had to reinvent itself. For Ringlokschuppen Mülheim, the performance took the shape of a late-night zoom call in which the media overstimulation of the present leads to a shared sleep experience.
Viewers get caught in a whirlpool of images. Set pieces of old residents, newcomers, people who have stayed put and people who have returned to Mülheim, whose biographies throw highlights into the darkness. They show us fragments from lived, possible and impossible lives in the city. In the stream of images, fiction and reality become blurred.
Who watches over whose sleep in the end?
And how do we watch over if a screen – and hundreds of kilometres – separate us?
- david weber-krebs
- artistic assistance and production management
- simone basani
- irena radmanovic, peter helmke, petra wercholand, bina noss, anette dietz, jan rohwedder, julien bruneau, dorothee schepers, alondra arreola castellanos
- theatre pedagogue
- elizabeth sterzer
- caterina erica shanta
- a production by
- co-produced by
- infinite endings
- thanks to
- luanda casella, matthew day, zoë demoustier, hidde aans-verkade, ayrton fraenk, len pillen, dennis tiecken, juriaan de vos, luuk weers, vincent van woerkom, jan fedinger, martin kaffarnik, anne catherine kunz, leonie persyn, marie urban, lara staal und sebastien hendrickx