A Window and a Street. Immersive Performance. 2017. Soma Art Space. Berlin (DE)
The performer behind the window stands motionless, gazing outward into the street, as visitors arrive and mingle. After a long time, she slowly awakens from within an 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 the bellows of a woman’s voice. The performer progresses to take over the entire territory of the street, dancing wildly, as the audience finds themselves fully immersed as characters in her fiction. 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 eventually 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 slowly move, restlessly, in and out through the bodies, gradually becoming more intense, and getting very close but without actual physical contact. This continues progressively 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)