SHOWING WITHOUT GOING

Connections

Weather Forecast

The script is subjected to the weather the way we are subjected to it. There is a script which will be (probably) performed at a specific/flexible time and specific/flexible place, but we cannot really control it or influence it. It will show up anyway. We can identify/conceptualize/protect and by that being present in it.
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Instrucciones para rehabitar tu hogar - Instructions to re-inhabit your home

Where do I live, what do I keep, what do I throw away, who else lives with me, who are the ghosts that inhabit my house? Is my memory of my childhood home something that still lives with me? An audio-letter arrives at your house. A letter with a text that invites you to inhabit your home through the memories that live in it. It doesn't matter if your house is big or small, if you live with others or if you live alone. instructions to re-inhabit your home proposes to the spectator to take the place of a stranger before his own past, before his own memories, re find your ancestors through small details, write yourself a letter for the future and keep it in a place that you could forget. Imagine your home as if you had to run away never to come back and someone would find your footprints and your traces. What would that stranger read in your notebooks, in the edges of your books, in the photographs you left hanging? Intrucciones para rehabitar tu hogar invites you to create a new space inside your home, a space you didn't know before, a space of encounter with your shadows in a friendly way. The work ends with you inviting you to have a coffee, a glass of wine or the perfect meal you would like to cook to yourself if you met yourself today. On this date with yourself you fall in love again, as if it were a first date, you flirt, you seduce each other, you like each other, you may even have disagreements and touch you, but the most interesting thing is how you generate in your intimate space a different way of meeting with yourself. At the end of the evening the audio-letter holds a surprise for you.
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A performance that I imagine in my home

The spectators are my neighbours. The invitation is delivered directly to their doors. They are previously constellated, informed and invited to be part of the performance. Everyone must move one door away, maximum two. (How far is it not going?). They are invited to dinner at their neighbour's house. However at your neighbour's house there is no one there. Only a pair of headphones and a set of instructions await to them, which will make them live their neighbour's life for an hour.

the theatre space as a performative memorial visited by an ephemeral community, the audience

a larger number of people sitting in a space, walking through it, maybe moving, reacting to certain instructions imagining the absent, the absent bodies and relating to and questioning their collective memory
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mentally active
physical active
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non-human rehearsal

A non-human performance which presents the parallel realities of two or more avatar's life. So, avatars need online rehearsals to make the performance.

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Cie Yan Duyvendak
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mentally active
physical active
Spectrums
witnessing
spectating
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Simon Senn
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Artist absent
Artist present

Called and calling

Connecting through the intimacy of a phonecall 

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Spectrums
Spectator
Co-creator
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Samara Hersch
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Compagnie du Théâtrophone
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Spectrums
Artist
Host
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Fixed / pre-recorded
Live / responsive
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Offline
Online
Examples
National Arts Festival - South Africa
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International Festival of Contemporary Theatre

A Writer Unbloc-ed

How a travel ban made an artist think of different ways of dissemination. The show has no director or set and a new actor for each performance. The writer's voice is an integral aspect of the script and though he is not present one can feel his presence. As part of the script the writer's email is shared with the audience so they can write to him and share their thoughts.

 

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Statements
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Imposed
Chosen
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Nassim Soleimanpour

Subverting online platforms

It is interesting how the creator of the show works with an online conference platform and makes it an incredibly intimate space for the audience. 

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Imposed
Chosen
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Address as an explicit content
Address as implicit content
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Vishal Kumaraswamy
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Non-human
Human
Examples
Museum Catharijneconvent
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Questions
Spectrums
Imposed
Chosen
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Rita Hoofwijk & Hannah Loewenthal
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Questions
Spectrums
Address as an explicit content
Address as implicit content
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Examples
students
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Questions
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Imposed
Chosen
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Individual
Collective

To hear voices

Presence which theoretically should not be present is a very intense form of liveness. 

The spectre of death (conjured into the now) is very 'live'.

 

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Identification with non-human

The subject of Kaegi's animatronic-robot performancen 'Uncanny Valley', Thomas Melle, is himself a writer and was invited to write much of the text. The writing has an urgency and honesty that allowed me, as a viewer, to emotionally 'buy into' the robot in the same way I would if Melle were performing himself. The subject of the Christian holy theme park 'Tierra Santa', in Argentina, is of course God. God apparently created everything (not just this theme park). His and Jesus's voice is heard at various points in many of the animatronic shows that are staged there. For most visitors, suspension of disbelief is a given: it comes suspended. And for them too, the writing has an urgency that allows them, as viewers, to emotionally 'buy into' the robots in the same way they would if God were speaking Himself. 

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Stefan Kaegi
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Completely available
Completely unneccesary

What Beckett would have wanted

the entries speak for themselves in this connection

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Samuel Beckett / Ant Hampton
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Imposed
Chosen

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Tim Etchells
Spectrums
mentally active
physical active
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Address as an explicit content
Address as implicit content
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Lost
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Examples
Building Conversation
Spectrums
Spectator
Co-creator
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Krištof Kintera
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Juan Muñoz

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Jana Jacuka, Laura Stašāne
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Imposed
Chosen

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Anna Rispoli
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Mammalian Diving Reflex
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Lost
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Fixed / pre-recorded
Live / responsive

When reading becomes live

This connection explores the difference between reading a play script, and a live performance where the reading out loud *is* the event - where people's efforts and the risks involved in getting involved are the point of the event: these may be referenced within the content (eg OK OK) or not (Your Words in my Mouth), but the fact is that the gap between the reader and that of the person whose words they are incorporating is never fully closed. The unrehearsed participant can never be a fully transparent 'servant' of the text.

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Ant Hampton / Gert-Jan Stam
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Ant Hampton / Silvia Mercuriali / Rotozaza & collaborators...
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Anna Rispoli

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Spectrums
One Performance / Workshop
Weekly sessions / Yearly Collaborations
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Offline
Online

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Spectrums
Tool
Co-creator
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Offline
Online
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Unrehearsed
Rehearsed

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Existing form
Showing Without Going
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Tool
Co-creator

Broadcasting as a means of distributing live performance

In the event of not being able to gather how can we broadcast theatre as a means of distributing live performance to a dispersed audience

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Co-creator
Spectrums
witnessing
spectating
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National Theatre UK

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compromise
benefit
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Fixed / pre-recorded
Live / responsive
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Artist
Audience
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mentally active
physical active
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Spectator
Co-creator
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Lost
Total
Spectrums
A moment
Infinity
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Individual
Collective
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Trusting
Controlling
Examples
Kate McIntosh

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Rosana Cade
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mentally active
physical active
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Spectator
Co-creator
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Lost
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Fixed / pre-recorded
Live / responsive
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Individual
Shared
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Neutral
Site-responsive / site-specific

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Philippe Quesne
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Co-creator
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One sense
Multiplicity of senses
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Non-human
Human

The Travelling Player Robot

A performance by a robot which has travelled alone to the venue. #idea 

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On foot
By plane

Expensive people, dead people - live

Kate Moss... Billie Whitelaw... 

There's also the example of Tupac Shakur playing live at Coachella. 

 

Examples
Samuel Beckett / Ant Hampton

Instructions for actions

Event scores as invitation to co-create as seen in the example of Grapefruit

Examples
Yoko Ono
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Spectrums
Spectator
Co-creator

A dance programme in the form of exercise videos

We are going to create a dance festival

where the different pieces are exercise videos that we commission.

Each exercise video is a dance. 

A dance which you learn, which you incorporate. 

By learning this dance, you also exercise. 

The dance festival 'programme' will be curated so that each dance - each exercise video - works on a different part of the body, or mind. 

La Otra Gente - 2021

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
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Past liveness re-conjured

I think that it's interesting that this piece can exist in a live way if you simply read out the rules. The projection or threat of the resulting event is already quite palpable, but that a group of people once actually did do this (apparently true - there are photos) somehow grounds it even more - like the weight and inertia of that drunken evening is carried through into the here and now, simply through reading out the instructions / rules of the so-called 'game' - not least of course because the 24-hour news cycle has not stopped since they originally played it. 

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Forced Entertainment
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