Holding Hands: Holding hands, the performers appear as one organism with two different personalities. Bright neon light floods both stage and audience areas. Almost nothing seems to happen, but what happens is in great detail and absolute precision. In the performers’ faces, posture and breathing a melodrama takes place where all narrative elements have been sifted out. The experiment reads: can one bear such lack ofnarrative? Can one bear reading emotions without cause and effect? The public is repeatedly questioning its expectations. In the lit audience, the faces of the viewers start reflecting the performers faces and the audience becomes a distorting mirror of the stage…
Without you I am nothing: In Without you, I am Nothing, voice and speech, body and mind are uniquely tied together in the singing of the opera diva.
On the stage is a golden chair with a microphone on it, a small amplifier, a theremin, and black cables connecting all these things, creating a tight triangle. Antonia, the diva, enters in a lovely sparkly gown, sits down in the chair and delivers a hypnosis text based on a fantasy of being in love with and performing for a queen. She speaks a little sideways to an audience which will choose either to sink into her fantasies and suggestions or to detach themselves and listen, scrutenizing the text and the scenario. After she finishes her hypnosis, she lip-synchs to William playing Giuseppe Verdi’s “Tu che le vanità ” on the theremin, making it sound like an operatic soprano voice. Seeing and hearing, disbelieve and wanting to believe are all combined. Musician/instrument, text/speech, audience/vision in general become blurred.
Logic dances in a field of flowers for a moment, and something like a trance is made possible.
Auf der DVD befindet sich zu dem auch noch das Werk "Country Bubble". / jst