In a shift from their previous spectacular outdoor collaborations, Requardt & Rosenberg create an up-close experience for a limited audience, informed by psychological research into memory distortion. They’ll take out the seats, build a new stage, and get the audience right into the middle of the whole mess.
“We began working on this project about five years ago with an upbeat interest in our existential fears of death and meaninglessness. Our imagined audience were lying under a glass floor, buried alive as the world turned above them.
Our research led us towards the work of Elizabeth Loftus and the malleability of memory. What if you were told that the red tricycle that you clearly remember peddling through the park on your sixth birthday never existed and that the park itself was only built when you were ten, when you should have already learnt to cycle a real bike? This is a terrifying thought; in a world where it is increasingly difficult to sort out truth from the colossal excess of stuff, even our own memories contribute to all the unreliable noise.”
Frauke Requardt trained in Germany, New York and London. As well as directing dance and performance, she has also worked as one of Lea Anderson’s Cholmondeleys. Frauke is a Work Place artist at The Place, as well as an associate artist at Greenwich Dance Agency. Frauke’s previous collaboration with experimental theatre director David Rosenberg include: Electric Hotel (2010), Motorshow (2012) and The Roof (2014). Frauke has presented her work in the UK and internationally, having enjoyed residencies in Colombia, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany. Her full-evening works to date include Jammy Dodgers, a fantastical world, with a rolling line up of bands from the London contemporary Jazz scene; the Lynch-esque Roadkill Cafe; and Pequenas Delicias, an absurdist site-specific piece, Episode premiered at The Place (June 2011) and most recently Mothers (2017) an anarchic response to her experience of being a new parent.
David Rosenberg co-founded Shunt to pursue an interest in the role of an audience in theatrical productions and directed all their shows: The Ballad of Bobby Francois, Tennis Show, Dance Bear Dance, Tropicana, Amato Saltone, Money, The Architects and The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face. Working with Glen Neath he has made three shows: Ring, Fiction and Séance, which are all in complete darkness and create imaginary environments with audio. Most recently he worked on Wiretapper, a performance hidden in public spaces using a phone app to deliver the sound to the audience. In all his shows, audience members find themselves referred to increasingly more, until they become the subjects of the piece.
DeadClub will be at The Place Sat 9 - Sat 30 Sep 2017.
For more information and to book tickets visit theplace.org.uk/deadclub