Salon d’amour at Natlab in Eindhoven

participatory performance.


‘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]


Concept, choreography and masks: 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.


A Decisive Moment: Margret Wibmer’s Salon d’amour.  An essay by Marianna Maruyama (click link to read the full text)



‘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

















A short video documentation will be shared soon!

Feedback from a participant:


‘Het was voor mij een bijzondere en rustgevende ervaring, bijzonder omdat ik nu eens iets moest (voorlezen) wat ik anders nooit zomaar zou doen, en het viel ook nog mee! 

Rustgevend, waarschijnlijk door het gedempt licht en zacht geroezemoes op de achtergrond. Ik hoop voor iedereen dat er nog een kans komt voor herhaling!’ [It was a special and comforting experience. Special because I was invited to do something that is foreign to me, and it turned out to be less challenging than I would imagine. It was comforting because of the special lighting and the voices of other readers. I hope that more people will get the chance to experience it.]



screenshots from video documentation:

video and photography: Florian Krepcik


























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