Company: Sylvia Rimat
I guess if the stage exploded...
Performance maker Sylvia Rimat follows the aspirational and possibly impossible goal to present a show never to be forgotten by its audience members – not a single one. By introducing memory tasks and techniques and applying them to the stage situation, the audience is systematically trained to remember – hopefully forever. I Guess If The Stage Exploded... draws on presence and sight, on what happens in our brain when we create memories, and our urge to be special and commemorated.
Rimat will be joined on stage by a purple vintage floor lamp, several performers from around the world via skype connection and a living Eagle Owl called Ollie.
For the development of the show several specialists were approached, e.g. a researcher from Bristol Neuroscience, a lecturer from Experimental Psychology, a hypnotherapist and a researcher from the Centre for Death and Society in Bath, to get their advise on how the performance could be remembered and to find out more about the desire of many of us, to be remembered.
Sylvia is a Bristol-based performance maker, originally from Germany. Her performances have been presented in the UK and Europe, such as at SPILL Festival at the Barbican London, Arnolfini and Mayfest Bristol, The Basement in Brighton, Grimmuseum Berlin (Germany), EPAF at Centre For Contemporary Arts Warsaw (Poland), Factoria de Fuegos in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) and Inbetween Time Festival Bristol. Consciousness, memory, personal histories and risk are reoccurring themes and focus points. She is interested in the Live moment of performance and likes to play with the presence of an audience, whilst applying simple methods for creating places, situations and interactions in space.
I guess if the stage exploded… was commissioned by SPILL Festival 2011 at the Barbican, London. Supported by Arts Council England.