TALK.TALK

Romuald Krężel & Emmilou Rößling

 

we really don’t want to tell you anything.

and it’s not enough if you just listen.

we talk.

you talk.

talk.talk.

repeat. 

TALK.TALK is a performance that has been developed out of a research on sound, voice and the impact of repetition. The performance is using the mechanism of the Human Microphone as it was used by many different groups of people in manifestations and demonstrations before. Everything that is being said is collectively repeated. Even if some are far away the words will eventually travel to them through the mouths of everyone else. TALK.TALK uses this mechanism, testing out the impact of collective repetition on a group. The two performers are hosting the evening and lead the audience through a parcours of words and sounds making up promises, everyday dialogue, speech acts, onomatopoetic words and games of whisper, seeking to build a community with and by voices. At all times the performance follows one basic rule:

»Everything that is being said needs to be repeated by everyone else. Once the repetition stops, the performance will also stop.«

This democratizes the performance, making it possible to stop the performance at any given point or to keep it going regardless of the two performers. Audience members are able to hijack the performance, expressing their thoughts on the piece or experiencing the mechanism of the human mic with their own voice. TALK.TALK is testing out the borders of participation within a performative context and aims to rethink the position of the spectators in participatory theatre. Thorough knowledge of the English language is required.

 

 

Premiere: 12.2.2015, Probebühne 1

 

Dates: 

12.6.2015, Theatermaschine 2015

19.6.2015, Mousonturm FFM

27.6.2015, Thèâtre de la Cité Internationale, CND Camping

26.2.2016, zeitraumexit Mannheim - Wilsonstrasse Festival 2016

29.4.2016, Kunstverein Frankfurt am Main - Festival der Jungen Talente 2016

30.4.2016, Kunstverein Frankfurt am Main - Festival der Jungen Talente 2016

8.9.2016, StudioNaxos - Im Rahmen der Goethe Festwochen

9.9.2016, StudioNaxos - Im Rahmen der Goethe Festwochen

 

 

 

 

 

„When all the lights in the empty theater are lit, a white sheet with the word ‚FIN’ comes down from above. The end! Applause! In this last image of an empty theater, in which lights are switched on only to emphasize the emptiness even more, there is something unbearably sentimental - but in the face of current political changes and terrifying cultural policy there is also a sinister element in it. I might be abusing my subjective perspective here however. After all, the last inventory is not a goodbye to the the building Olimpia - nobody is going to break or destroy it (for now). The stage is still working. Duncan, Krezel and Rößling perfectly show that each end gives a chance for a new beginning. I would like to add: and vice versa.“

 

Stanislaw Godlweski, Didaskalia Theatre Magazine, December 2017