Performance: 30 September, 1 and 2 October 2010
Text: Ulla von Brandenburg
Arrangement: Joachim Saxenborn
Participants: Nina Hoppe, Märta Helander, Pether Lindgren, Katrin Melin, Rune bergman and the choir Saxenborn Singers
Conductor: Joachim Saxenborn
Duration: 20 minutes
The choir: Wir haben nicht gewählt, / We have not chosen,
The choir: es wurde uns gemacht. / it has made us.
The choir: Gerade sind wir da, / Now we are here,
The choir: doch dies nur noch wie lang? / but this, how long?
A 70 meters long hand-painted scenery flat in fabric of stylized black and white mountains, oceans and forests covers the whole studio. The audience steps in to a big room where some white furniture: a table, some chairs, a stool and a divan are placed on a white rectangle painted on the black floor. Four actors take their positions on the white stage. Closely followed by the 16-piece choir dressed in black that frames the venue on both sides.
The performance operetta piece Chorspiel is an abstract family story in four acts where the course of times plays a central role. The narrative is based on a fragmented text and revolves around a family of three generations: an old man, an old woman, a middle-aged woman and a young woman. The family is killing time in their living room by playing matches, resting on the divan and trying to untie a big colorful knot. A stranger, the Wanderer, steps into their home and sings about a foreign country. His entrance evokes an unavoidable change in every member of the family. The choir sings the lines and story in German and the actors is miming to their words. Their choreographed gestures, glances and minimalist roles give the smallest gesture or action significance. The text has elements of Meta and returns to the fact that we haven’t chosen in which time we live, why we are here or for how long.
In a world between reality and deception Ulla von Brandenburg (born in Karlsruhe in Germany 1974, lives and works in Paris) creates complex and ambiguous narratives with drawings, wall paintings, installation, performance and film. Her works refers to different historical periods, theatre design, magic, circus, tableau vivants and psychoanalysis. Von Brandenburg often explores the theatre as a construction, the boundaries between the audience and the actors, subject and object.