Kisses in public space are close, deep, undistanced, fleeting, passionate. We witness them and simultaneously see in ourselves: spontaneous empathy, voyeurism, shame, defence. We are affected, interpret postures, assume feelings. The kisses become signs that we read, but cannot decipher. We are left with speculations about strangers, a physical impression and our ambivalent reaction. “Romantic afternoon” is a choreography for a group of six people that are continuously kissing. They wrap their arms around each other, hold each other, change positions and partners. They use gestures for emotions that do not exist, externally take on postures and simulate intimacy. They produce artificial affects and create conditions that are void of feelings and securities. As an excessive machine of expression “Romantic afternoon” makes use of the mechanisms of the staging and staged public space and asks about the conditions for the possibility of real emotions.
Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz use social, everyday and personal questions as starting points for artistic modelling of stage productions or installations. In their pre-images/topics they focus on the role of the body. They understand its movements as transmitter and sign of life which can create pictures, effects and affective areas of tension that allow audiences to be touched or be used as stimulation for reflection.
Concept & choreography: Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz. Performed by: Jung Yun Bae, Ludvig Daae, Tümay K?l?nçel, Robert Redmer, Juli Reinartz, Uri Turkenich. “Romantic afternoon” was supported by Crespo Foundation, Department for Culture Gießen, van Meeteren Foundation and the Hessian Ministry for Science and Culture. The performance was produced in the frame of „FREISCHWIMMER 2011 – Neues aus Theater, Performance und Live Art. The performances in Stockholm are supported by the Goethe Institut.
- Romantic Afternoon
- Verena Billinger & Sebastian Schulz
- 5.68 MB