Salon d’amour at Natlab in Eindhoven

participatory performance.

 

Concept and costumes: Margret Wibmer ¦ soundscape: Robert Poss ¦ actors: Megan M. Garr and Mario van Brakel on Nov. 19 + 20 2016; Marianna Maruyama and Jaïr Tchong on Dec 17 2016 Special thanks to the students from DAE(Maria Caye, Pranav Kochatta, Giulia Pompilij, Martina Huynh, Thea Christy-Parker, Virginia Vivaldi) and all volunteers

 

‘Writing letters is actually an intercourse with ghosts and by no means just

with the ghost of the addressee but also with one’s own ghost, which secretly

evolves inside the letter one is writing ….’ [ Franz Kafka]

 

‘Love’, that most loaded word, is the subject of artist Margret Wibmer’s unapologetically intimate work, Salon d’amour. Without screens or networks, recordings or photographs, love is expressed through language, in the present moment, from one person to another. 

 

From the first ceremonious moments of this performance, visitors become attuned to the tensions of love, the flirtatious hiding and teasing. No longer a traditional theater space, the stage area has been reinvented as a semi-private chamber where people can comfortably sit in pairs. Love letters in hand, participants read out loud to each other. While they can choose to be readers, listeners, or observers, only listeners have the privilege of wearing one of the unique masks designed for Salon d’amour. 

 

Crossing generations and languages, these expressions (or confessions) of love by globally recognized artists, poets, composers, and others, reanimate the words on the page: breathing life into letters from the past. Intermittent live readings from two actors give focus to the act of reading and listening, while a soundscape composed by Robert Poss supports the warm atmosphere of this unusual setting.

Text: Marianna Maruyama

 

 

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A short video documentation will be shared soon!

screenshots from video documentation:

video and photography: Florian Krepcik

 

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