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a language re-de-re-construction performance for two performers, video backdrop, disillustrative commentary and sound
duration: ca. 45 min.
DEPART's germanguage desastroy, a veritabledance lingo-limbo. Dramatized worldplayhem.
A staged piece with toadloads of glimmericks fallinglong upwards from heaven't scene and hertz beforeplay.
In DEPART's "Des Gesprächsfightfadens" there is no dramatic plot per se as in conventional theater, but there are recurring themes and ideas, more like in a musical composition. This work relies heavily on DEPART's belief in the controlled overflow of sensoric input. The audience is supplied with a sheer mass of wordplay in order to provoke a struggle for perception and conscious processing of input. The more you struggle to get everything, the less interesting the piece will be. But if you are able to relax and let your thoughts wander freely, as in a kind of mediational state of mind, you might be able to grab one meaning here, or one there but go along with the flow of the piece easily. The goal of this endeavour is to create a certain state of consciousness where the seemingly superfluous and absurd action supporting the piece becomes a sort of focus of attention itself. Then it starts being a kind of kinetic sculpture of its own, providing DEPART's beloved "impressures", moments of pure experience, where an absurd constellation of actions and objects suddenly is not regarded as artificial anymore but experienced like a mountain, a lake, or a leaf. Totally self-evident and understood. To achieve this kind of complexity, DEPART were refining and distilling very thoroughly, even pedantic, to make sure there is still enough funk left in this painstakingly constructed language puzzle.
Unfortunately or thankfully, this piece is virtually impossible to translate into other languages.
Commissioned by ARGEkultur Salzburg, Land & Stadt Salzburg.
Shown December 15th and 16th, 2005 at ARGEkultur, Salzburg, Austria
Performers: Georg Hobmeier, Gregor Ladenhauf
Video: Leonhard Lass
Sound: Gregor Ladenhauf
Parts of this piece are also in effect in disguise as an installation called "GESPRAUM", shown at paraflows07 exhibition, Vienna, Austria