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unannounced does not start when the dancers walk onto the stage, and it does not end when they make their last exit from the podium. Instead, it explores what happens when a performance does not begin ostentatiously on the stage but almost imperceptibly among the spectators in the foyer. Or when spectators suddenly find themselves on the stage, unable to distinguish who belongs there and who doesn’t. Or when the theatre text appears, disembodied, outside of the frame of the black box, and is projected, in fragments, on the walls and floors backstage, for example. Or when spectators are invited to join a guided tour of the building…
In unannounced Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki / fieldworks continue their unique, poetic explorations of the theatre’s materiality. As in previous work, the conventional hierarchies between the spaces and times of performance, the boundaries between the inside and the outside of the theatre, front and back of the house, the center and the periphery of the podium are suspended. And, while spectators and performers experience a real (and wonderful) shared moment, the boundaries of this moment are also cleverly blurred.
Throughout unannounced, Avdal and Shinozaki / fieldworks, continue to draw attention to, and to imaginatively transform, the space(s) in which we find ourselves, by animating and making strange all elements of the theatre, from props and technical equipment, to sound and light. All elements of the theatre are explored for their materiality, their tactile qualities, and their texture. All throughout this mysterious journey, which is full of unexpected twists and turns, we are encouraged to re-position ourselves continuously, and to reconsider what and how we see.
concept and direction: Heine AVDAL, Yukiko SHINOZAKI
created and performed by: Heine AVDAL, Yukiko SHINOZAKI, Ingrid HAAKSTAD, Orfee SCHUIJT, Krisjanis SANTS, Yumi OSANAI, Gabel EIBEN
sound design: Johann LOISEAU
lighting design: Hans MEIJER
light technique: Michael JANSSENS
media artist: Julie PFLEIDERER
dramaturgy and text: André EIERMANN
drawings: Orfee SCHUIJT
electronics: Johann LOISEAU, Matthieu VIROT
management: Bob VAN LANGENDONCK
produced by: fieldworks (BE), Heine AVDAL (NO)
coproduced by: PACT Zollverien (DE), BUDA (BE), BIT Teatergarasjen (NO), STUK (BE), Kaaitheater (BE), Teaterhuset Avantgarden (NO), Black Box (NO)
with the support of: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, apap - performing Europe 2020 (co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union)
special thanks to: Vooruit (BE), Netwerk Aalst (BE)
With unannounced, Fieldworks have created an intelligent work about theatre that reflects the many-faceted interdependencies between text and space, set, audience and stage. At the same time, inventive lighting and sound specialists have added their own quite specific way of looking at things. And although the piece does not spare scenic effects and sometimes ascends to the orgiastic, if not the infernal, the work itself is subdued. This is down to a delicate approach to humour and the sincere restraint of the performers.
“unannounced” bounces gleefully back and forth, but doesn’t make a huge fuss about it. Things simply happen. It is an unbelievably clever performance that constantly has a surprise up its sleeve. fieldworks don’t save on theatrical devices but they treat their effects so brilliantly that they never become intrusive. And at the end the performers simply leave the space, there is no applause, no bowing, the music tinkles on. But it is far from over. When the audience goes down the steps into the foyer, “unannounced” carries. Our perception does not disappear when we leave the auditorium, it remains with us outside as a slightly unreliable partner, always dependent on what we expect, on where we are directing our focus, or not. Let’s be honest: ‘unannounced’ is in fact simply brilliant.
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