11 Mei. 2015
Homage to Kurt Schwitters in a circus arena
Roi Alter stages Kurt Schwitters' short DaDa story Franz Müllers Drahtfrühling (Franz Müller's Wire Spring) in a contemporary setting. In this theatrical, musical and sculptural performance the audience plays an important part. The sculptures in the mise-en-scène constantly change roles; as set pieces, as characters, and as props. In Alter’s circus arena story, sound, image, actors and audience mix together.
Franz Müller's Wire Spring, a story by Kurt Schwitters
The protagonist in Franz Müller's Wire Spring causes the outbreak of the Great Glorious Revolution by simply standing in one place. In the end, the happenings around him lead up to chaos and revolution. The story of Schwitters touches upon two fruitful topics: the power of the individual and the power of the masses. Does an individual have the ability to agitate to the extent that brings about change? And where lies the power of the masses, the amorphous entity whose actions can be catastrophic?
Roi Alter & Schwitters
In this contemporary staging of Franz Müller's Wire Spring this important but relatively unknown text is brought to attention. Through performance and involvement of the audience the deeper layers in the text -relevant to art, democracy and contemporary life- are brought to the front. Alter stays close to the original text and looks at it from Schwitters’ artistic point of view, while at the same time he is loyal to the conditions of today.
May 15th & May 16th | 20h00| Splendor Amsterdam Direction, set design, costumes, translation: Roi Alter Actors: Anat Spiegel, Daniel Rovai, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson Light and Sound design: Thomas Myrmel Producer: Maaike Gouwenberg (A.P.E)
Franz Müller's Wire Spring is an A.P.E. (art projects era) Production in collaboration with Open Ateliers Zuidoost and Splendor.
Franz Müller's Wire Spring is supported by Ida Hannover, Stiftung Horizonte, Open Ateliers Zuidoost, Splendor, and A.P.E. (art projects era).