This Performance departs from the ambivalence of the English expression “is about to” that refers at the same time to the thematic of what is happening at the moment in the theater and to what is on the verge of happening. The performance embraces this ambivalence. It is at the same time a performance about the power of theater as a generator of imagination and a raiser of expectations.
This Performance stages a performative poem creating ever new expectations through a massive amount of announcements. However each announcement confirms the almost infinite variety of possibilities and increases the longing for salvation in an uncertain future. Apparently, nothing happens on the empty stage. And still, the space develops its own life. The projections and expectations of the public are gradually sensed and become theatre-events on their own. This performance addresses frictions between longing and experience, between the desire of the sublime and its realization. Until the ideas come into being.
This Perfomance is a magical performance in which apparently nothing takes place and yet an enormous amount happens. We keep hearing the sentence, ‘this performance is about…’ on the speakers, followed by a voice summing up all possible characteristics of an invisible performance.
Director David Weber-Krebs manages, with minimal resources, to breathe life into empty space. Actress Jennifer Minetti’s appearance is short but powerful. Hundreds of roles, played or not played, are shown in one movement, in one body. It is enough; it is a radical challenge to the imagination.
- concept & direction
- david weber-krebs
- jennifer minetti
- benoît goupy
- coordt linke
- jan-philipp possmann
- plateaux festival, künstlerhaus mousonturm, theater gasthuis
- october 2004, plateaux – new positions in international performing arts, frankfurt