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Recording: 2012-08-25 , Tanznacht Berlin 2012 | Tanzfabrik / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Clément Layes, Public in Private

Der grüne Stuhl

Tanznacht Berlin 2012 | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

According to Plato for any given object there is the name, the definition, the vision and the sensation. But what would it mean if we had no name for it, no definition, no vision, no sensation? I had planned Der grüne Stuhl as a way to re-open the knowledge we have of things – particularly of a green chair. And I wanted to do this in the physical and associative ways we developed in the last performance to allege. The most important and intriguing question was: What is this? Looking for ways to address the known as if it was unknown, we finally chose two ways: a direct live experience and a mediated one. By using a very common daily life object I dreamed that the enormousness of its references would allow it to drift away and start signifying something else on top of its references. But it never happens, the thing remains itself, desperately common. Or as well beautifully common. This appears to me, after these two years of research, as a pure object of representation, representing without any object to represent. Emptiness. Nothing there to mean, even no abstraction that would say “it is what it is”, desperately empty thing. But free of responsibility, like the liberal market, nothing to stand for, than itself.

Cast & Credits

Concept / Choreography: Clément Layes
Performance / Choreography: Felix Marchand, Felix M. Ott / Clément Layes (at the TANZNACHT BERLIN 2012 Clément Layes replaces the performer Felix M. Ott)
Dramaturgy: Jasna Layes-Vinovrski
Video: Diego Agulló

The TANZNACHT BERLIN 2012 is presented by the Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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