Debate space – Performative after talk
Chorgasse, Neumarkt, Zürich, Switzerland
- The Last Staging is a play based on the suicide letter of Getúlio Vargas, co-created by directors Liliane Pereira and Julia Skof, questing the populist speech and playing with the emotional response of crowds. The play used radio aesthetics to actively feed the audience as well the performers with the development. Weaving back and forth of the central incident of Vargas suicide drawing the sonic, and the visual experience for the audience addressing propaganda by playing on the conflicting emotions toward Vargas as a human as well a dictator.
From there with dramaturge Melanie Osan we developed a speed-dating-like structure where audience and performers invited for the performative after-talk. A set up of two rows of chairs facing each other and leaving a gap in between for pedestrians. One line of chairs has the privilege of asking the other raw of chairs, in retrospect the other row had to answer. For each round, there is one minute, and then the line circulates with moving to the next chair, like a domino everyone must move to the next chair. During the 15 minutes then everyone will have the chance to ask a question as well to answer. We researched the proposition of the chairs set up concerning the exciting architecture, what to hide what to revile, and how to set.
The ally was the right place as it closes the horizon, that gave the feeling of here/now. Nothing beyond the person you are facing can distract the attention. The two lines were placed away from each other by a meter and half opening the gap/path for passers, opening the possibility of interruption. Audience applied their tactics over our strategy, and that was a very successful aspect that the audience felt free enough to rearrange and adapt to their needs. Everyone brought their chairs closer to hear each other since it is quite a job to hear if thirty people are talking at the same time, and that brought up different kind of intimacy/care toward each other.