ZÜRCHER ORCHESTER SOMMER is a project co-created by Liam Alzafari, Melanie Osan, Fynn Schmidt, and Max Woelk, and took place next to theatre Neumarkt as part of W.I.R festival. The performance aimed to question the populist approach of hyper normalization when facts can be manipulated with misleading conflicting points. The performance developed as a classic concert by a young chamber orchestra.
Scenographically it relies on the architecture as a backdrop, establishing an inviting ambiance in the beautiful calm part of the old city of Zurich. An expensive wine served as a character of the setup, putting up an image that is tempting to stop by.
We hide our setup in a close ally and the venue.Performers/musicians took their instruments from the venue, walked to the yard where the concert is, and carried the notes stative and chairs from the closed ally. High tables are put out for the audience. All set up in two minutes. Moreover, many dysfunctional details were part of the performance. Unstable tables, candles on the table, and the service team keep trying to light them up with broken lighters. The cello virtuoso will tease the audience by playing a couple of notes as the musician is tuning the instrument, until the end, it developed to be this music of small talks between audiences creating a different soundscape of rumors and chatters about what is coming next.
A softening meeting point was established, four performers serving wine and two were spreading rumors about how extraordinary this cello virtuoso is, while an orchestra has been placed to tease the audience invited to enjoy the music with a glass of wine, no music played!
The performers invited passers when they stopped by to look by serving them a glass of wine without further information. The audience-watching audience situation was an essential part as people started to ask each other about the program, and because of the rumors, the lie kept growing until the end.