It's a tragedy
“Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, /…/ in the form of action, not of narrative; through incidents arousing pity and fear /…/. ” Aristotle – Poetics 49b24-28
According to the theories of structuralist and anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, mythology is not to be regarded as fiction but rather as a subconscious language for experiences and feelings that cannot be expressed in any other way. In IT’S A TRAGEDY, Linn Hilda Lamberg (POSTE RESTANTE) and Benjamin Quigley turn to dramas from the Greek canon, film noir and the last hours of Marilyn Monroe in order to provide language for the unspeakable.
IT’S A TRAGEDY is an immersive performance that offers the visitor an intimate encounter with mythology, starting at the premise of a classical tragedy. Ninety meticulously choreographed minutes lead through lonesome hotel corridors and tangled sheets toward the inevitable. With full discretion and respectful support, the visitor is invited to step into the position of the tragic hero, guided by the choir and a flickering star.
IT’S A TRAGEDY holds its première ten days after the Swedish general election.
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- Visitor's info
Accessibility: The premises contain stairs and no elevator. Guides go for free, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 08-6111456 to book ticket for your guide, or if you have questions regarding accessibility.
Language: English/Swedish. Please contact us you have questions regarding language: email@example.com
Age limit: 18 years.
Performance length: ca 1h 40 min.
- About the artists
LINN HILDA LAMBERG is the artistic director of Poste Restante (together with Stefan Åkesson 2007-2015 and Erik Berg 2010-2015). Since Poste Restante was formed in 2007, the performance company has paved the way for new relations between performance works and it’s audiences. In their peculiar performances they aim to create space for each visitor to explore complex questions and dilemmas in a concrete way. The performances are interactive and immersive and take the form of unexpected but honest running activities, such as a telephone help-line for the politically downhearted (Closing Time) or a secret society that aims to create a new, egalitarian order. Since the start Poste Restante has often returned to questions related to co-existence, shame and acceptance. The individual visitor holds the position of being the main character as well as the final receiver. By making space for the individual traits of each visitor, attribute each experience equal authority and hand over the precedence of interpretation of the problem (and possible solution) of the performance, Poste Restante aims to work for a norm critical and intersectional view of audience work, representation and performance art. Linn Hilda is admitted to Stockholm University of the Arts to do her PhD spring 2019.
BENJAMIN QUIGLEY is a maker and performer of music, theatre and performance based in Stockholm. He studied BA in music at Malmö College of Music and MA in post-dramatic theatre at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. His practice consists in experimenting on himself – and sometimes on other people – in order to find relations between artistic ideas and audiences that differ from the ones we already know. He spent many years touring extensively worldwide with his artpunk-band DELTAHEAD as well as other experimental music acts. As a maker, he has created a number of works with the collective GLQ (GomesLechQuigley). As a performer, Quigley has worked with Reich/Szyber, Lundahl & Seitl, Marina Abramovic and many others. And – for quite a few years now – he has performed in the works of Poste Restante.
Concept and direction: Linn Hilda Lamberg (POSTE RESTANTE) and Benjamin Quigley. Performers: Ludde Hagberg, Linn Hilda Lamberg, Benjamin Quigley and Anton Österlund. Dramaturge: Erika Lindahl. Intern: Anton Österlund. Sound design: Bernt Karsten Sannerud. Production: Erika Lindahl/POSTE RESTANTE. Co-production: MDT. Press and trailer: Patriez van der Wens. Many thanks to: Hotel Hötorget. With financial support by Stockholm City Culture Council (Kulturförvaltningen Stockholm stad) and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden). Poste Restante’s work is supported by the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet).
IT’S A TRAGEDY is the first, independent part of Poste Restante’s diptych about performativity of language and the form and function of mythology. The second part of the diptych has its première in Gothenburg 2019.