a darker purpose
Reihe von Performance-Gesprächen in der Stadt KölnSubtitle:
series of performance lecture Year:
Performance / Exhibition / Stage , performance
Project type: Diplom
Starting with Shakespeare's play and the scene of marriage in the beginning of King Lear, the performance continues the play by looking at the function of rage in politics, servility and authority, division of labour and speech-acts of love, art and anger. There are few characters in the play, who are true artists arrested by power and therefore have to generate a delicate expressive relationship to King Lear in order to survive in it’s regime. The aim of recalling and reinventing these characters is not about bringing something back from past to the present but rather to push them towards the future. Fool keeps serving and perishes, Cordelia rebels and is murdered, Edgar learns to disguise and becomes the new boss. The format of the performance is inspired by the opening of the play, when the three sisters are officially about to marry. The setting of a wedding table provides, on one hand, the excessive force of the toast which charges the performance with the politics of expressed love and, on the other hand, re-stages the scene of marriage, which is the beginning of all conflicts in King Lear. Therefore, the setting of the performance will imitate the situation of a 'special' social gathering, where love is asked for and announced by its actors. This setting contains food and drinks, table with candles and flowers, cheep decoration with balloons and confetti.
Reut Shemesh, Benjamin Ramirez, Sonja Antanasijevic, Arjang Omrani, Mona Kakanj, Alisa Berger, Karin Demuth
Prof. Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer, Prof. Julia Scher, Luis Negrón van Grieken
A production of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
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