A Window and a Street. Immersive Performance. 2017. SOMA Art Gallery. Berlin (DE)
The performer behind the window slowly awakens from her imaginary cage and struggles to become free. The sound of a violin is heard coming from the window of an apartment somewhere above the gallery. At first seeming like a coincidence, the sound grows more provocative—louder and with indefinable murmurs and bellows of a woman’s voice. The performer slowly takes over the entire territory of the street, as the audience finds themselves fully immersed as characters in her world. An anonymous pedestrian comes upon the scene and pauses across the street. She takes out a violin and begins to perform a spontaneous duet with the sound coming from the window, creating a surreal stereo effect around the stage of the audience. The performer disappears into the dark streets. The audience is left waiting and wondering if she will return. The sound has nearly dissipated and all signs point to an ending but it is not for sure. Invisible performers who are anonymous among the audience begin to move slowly, in and out through the bodies—gradually their movements become more intense, getting very close but without physical contact. This continues toward a state of chaos and absurdity. It culminates in a climax where all performers and even a few real audience members are laughing and crying hysterically. The performance finally ends by dissolving into a banal experience of a typical opening event, setting a tone for the rest of the evening.
Concept and Direction: Grace Euna Kim
Sound composition/performance: Biliana Voutchkova
Performers: Karina Suarez Bosche, Agnieszka Bua, Cecília Erismann, Dma Pvrnv, Dyaa Naim, Hanae Utamura, Irene Pascual Molinas, Jenna Krumminga, Nathalie Fari, Nicole Siggins, Rei Matsushima, Sarah Goodrum, Tamar Rappaport, Asa
Documentation: Marjorie Brunet Plaza, Nadja Sayej (photo and video)
Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin, as part of the long-term project 'Yellow Matters' curated by Nabi Nara (SOMA Gallery)