In Playing Ensemble Again and Again (2008) six performers play a group in theatre. They start where most other groups finish: with a bow! As they slowly move together through time and space, they think about the piece they have just performed. Step by step they (re)construct the lives they live(d) together, on tour, on and off stage.
As the title suggests, time and reality are distorted as past and present merge, and fragments of the performer’s individual lives and characters bleed into each other as their slow-motion movements allow us to examine their underlying thoughts and emotions. Müller’s cerebral approach creates an intimacy between her cast and her audience.
Funny, dramatic and sad, Playing Ensemble Again and Again is a performance about getting together and falling apart. (Ivana Müller)