Performers: Anna Biczók, Anna K. Becker, Katharina Bischoff
Light&Sound: Alice Ferl
“As if she were aiming a spotlight on the spectator, who, until then thought he was safein the velvety darkness of his seat in the orchestra;Yet she is only explaining to him, that the quality of her own pain will bend to the pleasureof his own figurative desire.She entirely looses herself in the spectacle,demanding that every spectator be a true director.” (Georges Didi-Huberman)
We treat hysteria at its favorite place, the stage. Here it is invented as a disease, as an art form, as protest. Here it occurs as a symptom without cause and speaks in signs that mean NOTHING. Here it shows itself as what it is: the great teacher of contradiction. Nothing is certain, except for one thing: the hysteric needs her audience and seeks her viewers.Hysterology is presentation and self examination, lecture performance and melodrama. A web of relations between bodies, knowledge, desires and denial sets the stage for the stars of la Salpêtrière. The famous seizure of the classic Grande Hystérie repeats itself in its disturbing beauty.
How can a seizure be rehearsed? How to find a form for something intangible? How to reproduce a phenomenon, which has as many faces as the people trying to understand it? In collaboration with the Hungarian choreographers László Fülöp and Anna Biczók bigNOTWENDIGKEIT investigate the great quick-change artists of Western history – hysteria.
- 8-9-10./October/2014. – SophienSaele, Berlin.
- 12-13./November/2014. – MU Theater, Budapest.
- 18./December/2014. – Tieranatomisches Theater, Berlin.
- 12-14-15th/OCTOBER/2016 – HYSTEROLOGY in Bern at Tojo Theater
A co-production with schloss bröllin e.V., the AQB-Art Quartier Budapest and SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded in the escope of Szenenwechsel, a programme of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the ministry for education, science and culture of the Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Supporters: Workshop Foundation Budapest / Life Long Burning Program, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, L1 Association.