If you like, you can close your eyes and wander back in your mind. Into the hippocampus in your brain, which is a campus, a field, like the old air field in Berlin. And in this field there is space for everything and anything. A brown leather armchair, an eagle owl with bright orange eyes and the legendary voice of Maria Callas. A patch of grass in Berlin and a party with multi-coloured streamers in a kitchen in Sydney, Australia, a mysterious hooting owlman and a woman wearing a red lampshade, dancing angular shapes across the stage.
I Guess if the Stage Exploded... draws on presence and sight, on what happens in our brain when we create memories, and our urge to be special and commemorated.
By introducing memory tasks and techniques and applying them to the stage situation, Sylvia Rimat follows the aspirational and possibly impossible goal of presenting a show never to be forgotten by its audience members - not a single one.
Sylvia will be joined by several performers from around the world who support her mission live via Skype, and a living Eagle Owl called Ollie. A work-in-progress of I Guess if the Stage Exploded... was presented at Practice in February 2011.
Sylvia Rimat is a performance maker from Germany currently living in Bristol. She has shown work both nationally and internationally at venues and festivals such as Bristol Mayfest, Spill Festival London (National Platform) and BAC London. Sylvia is also the Director and Co-Producer of You and Your Work, an adventurous and risk-taking performance festival in Bristol.Her work is inspired by the process of remembering, personal histories, ideas around lived places, risk and how we orientate ourselves.
“A wonderfully inventive performance that not only questions the nature of performance spectating... theatrical joy.” A Younger Theatre
Commissioned by SPILL Festival 2011 at the Barbican, London. Supported by Arts Council England.
Running time: approx. 55 minutes
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