this performance script was written while thinking about memorial sites though it is absolutely possible to perform it at any other site as well. it aims to disturb the continuity of time and break the horizon of what appears to be present. so please consider you might disturb non-performers on site. (do what ever you want with your consideration though. this is merely an idea of a performance that might or might not take place. it is not a plan that needs to be executed.)
this score is performable as soon as two or more people come together on a site. everything you will need is a mobile phone with internet connection and a drink that you consider to be matching your ambitions.
if you are a group deciding to perform please select one of you to moderate. if you are alone and decide to invite other performers you might be the moderating performer yourself.
the moderating performer should make sure that the props are available, set a time to start the performance and guide the others through the performance score.
1. the preparation
a) position yourselves on the lowest possible level on your performance site. Take each others hands forming one ring connecting everybody involved in the performance. The performer moderating the performance will send a signal by pressing the hand of one of his*her neighbours. Send this signal three times through the whole circle of performers by pressing each others hands.
b) listen to the moderating performer speaking the following text:
welcome to [name of the performance site]
today is [date of the day]
we are [number of performers] performers performing „ghosts“
c) focus the moderating performer preparing the drink. share it. if you are by any means not able or willing to drink the drink feel free to e.g. smell it. if you cannot empty the drink put it back
2. the summoning
a) record yourselves each individually answering the following question using the memo-function on the mobile phone:
what do you think will have changed by the end of the performance?
the moderating performer will start.
b) deploy yourselves on the performance site. as soon as every performer found their individual position the moderating performer will start a 3 minute countdown on the mobile phone. when the three minutes have passed the moderating performer will one after the other gather every performer. move to the highest possivle level of the performance site.
c) form a circle by taking each others hands again. send the signal through the whole circle two times.
rest in silence for a moment. you may even close your eyes. then send the signal for a third time.
d) listen to the moderating performer speaking the following text:
ghosts have haunted europe desiring and to be desired. restricting their absence they became – r e a l – the ghost are gone but left their pleasurable remains. one of which is this very site. (…) time is out of joint. (…) but terror is not all there is to the outside.
3. the arrival
a) position yourselves on the lowest possible level on your performance site. take each others hands forming one ring connecting everybody involved in the performance. the performer moderating the performance will send a signal by pressing the hand of one of his*her neighbours. send this signal three times through the whole circle of performers by pressing each others hands.
b) take a look at each other. then take a look at the performance site. the moderating performer will use the mobile phone to play the previously recorded answers one by one.
c) this is the end. remember the following: all of this is theatre. i t i s n o t r e a l 😉
further reading: https://krisis.eu/acid-communism/