Scene 2: Constancy
Performance, Münster 2017
In this theatrical piece the audience gets exposed to the monologue of a male figure in a closed situation. The audience is positioned in seating arrangements like a small community, close around the performer.
The performer enters the room after the audience has taken its seats. He sets up a camera positioned towards himself and starts to speak to it. With sober language he talks about the circumstances of his everyday life and shows himself as a person who has turned away from society. After he turns off the camera, the situation changes: He now speaks directly to the audience, about a heavy skin disease that cost him his position as a teacher. After one year of being unemployed, he integrated in the community of a non-demoninational church and now lives without the problems of his past. He depicts the key aspects of his spiritual life, the significance of the confession and the solicitousness of the community. The tone of his voice changes again. He now refers to the precarious life in poorness and the moral challenges that are to confront. His religious tone becomes more aggressive, he directs his message, loaded with fantasies of salvation, in aroused language to the community in the room. The scene ends with a choral of Johann Sebastian Bach, which is sung by him in an engrossed state of mind.
In this work, the language of the christian sermon gets used in an almost hypnotic fashion. The initial situation, the audience being seperated from the space of the figure talking into the camera, accomplishes a voyeuristic access, which tightens during the depiction of the suffering of the figure. When he adresses the audience directly, the group situation gets more concentrated. The religious tone tightens more and the audience gets involved into the fanaticism of the figure.