If Destroyed Still True thanks for the feedback….it’s striking it’s misinterpreted emotion it’s brave it’s Inland Empire it’s the lifeforce passing between generations the red string it’s about the umbilical cord when the tape becomes saturated if you play it too many times it will break they’re the male and female the animals become human it’s improvised it’s too empty, it’s too much, it’s Adam & Eve gone wrong, it’s Oedipal, it’s lady and the tramp gone wrong Disney are going to issue a lawsuit it’s not funny, it’s the fight between generations it’s Sun, Sex & Suspicious Parents I need a few days it’s gone wrong it’s not very serious, it’s hilarious, it’s nothing, it’s chaos but not entropy it’s the cosmos there was no table in it it’s not Superman but it is in 3D it’s tense it’s Freudian there’s no pine disinfectant on the floor it’s about a family it’s got everything a play should have it’s nightmares come to visit it’s about time moving forwards and backwards it’s about predators and prey it’s sickening and gratuitous it’s all about the sea it’s naked experimentation it’s got everything I wanted it’s what you make of it it’s beautiful it reminded me of working in an old people’s home you’ve got lovely bodies it’s the best kind of violence I could look at your beautiful bodies all day this play they need more pace, humour, characterisation and ideas, it’s like peanut butter, some like it smooth some like it uncertain there’s a lot of things, there’s not much to go on, it softly asks questions, it’s uncertain it’s ambiguous, he’s cupid, they’re the perfect couple, he’s evil, your eyes are scary, i got the giggles, I’ll need a few days to think about it…I’ve been thinking about the cosmos, I dreamt of rocks last night…the rock from your play, I’ll never forget the spitting, it’s abstract, it’s images that melt away, it’s an unashamed admission of incoherence and inconclusiveness, it’s breathtaking pathos, it’s disquieting and bamboozling…again thanks for your thoughts so far and thanks for your support if you have any more feel free to comment…… Read on...
“The idea of murder frequently evokes the idea of sea and seafarers. No precise image of sea and seafarers may at once spring to mind: it is rather that Murder surges over our thought in breakers of emotion. If we suppose seaports to be theatre of recurrent crimes, then the explanation is simple and need not detain us; but the chronicles are numberless from which we learn that the murderer was a man of the sea – either in reality or imagination – and if the latter, then crime will have less affinity with the sea.” Jean Genet Querelle of Brest… Read on...
images courtesy of lisa furness
the feel of reverse – some questions about time as betrayed in performance
Manipulating ‘time’ has become one of the challenges of creating If Destroyed Still True. As part of the Interval open weekend at Interval, 31 College Green, we recently performed a epi-prologue to the piece that unwound key motifs and placed them in a reverse sequence. At midnight, audience, gathered by the door, met a stranger. This stranger, then moving backwards, as if in reverse, began to guide them, by a single light into the darkness.
does time get quicker before you die? How does this affect the pulse of the awakening moments, in our piece? In the midnight showing, the natural flopping of the freshly killed body is inverted and the performer must move from relaxed to tense.… Read on...
For flour to explode, it must form a highly dispersed dust. Approximately two ounces (56 grams) of flour suspended in a cubic yard (one cubic meter) of air will have explosive properties. If a flame is introduced to the flour dust, the individual flour particles will burn. If the dust cloud is large enough, a flash fire inside the dust cloud will result, which can create a serious explosion.
Flour explosions are a much larger risk in areas where large amounts of flour are handled. Although a small dust cloud of flour might ignite in a home kitchen, the damage would probably not be severe. In a grain elevator or flour mill, however, the potential for a very large cloud of flour or grain dust is much higher.… Read on...
I’m very excited to be able to say that we finally have a copy of the ERMAZING “Der Todesking” winging its way towards us…
No other film director, perhaps with the exception of Bunuel, captures “the epic decaying image” or the tableau mort to the extent we are using for our piece. His use of these setups to explicate the differences between living and dead are useful to us; and his films hint to the connectedness beyond physicality, even through it into viscerality, that we are also trying to create in our piece.
The often clear demonstrative process used by the film-makers and the phoneyness of the props and actions interests us too:
plus the exquisite music of Hermann Kopp
Unfortunately, its very difficult to get hold of “Schramm” – another classic Buttgereit film – so here’s some trailers:
BEWARE DO NOT WATCH IF SQUEAMISH
you might want to avert your eyes at the end
audio optional on this one