Production Details / Press Releases
A room with a life of its own. What if the furniture that inhabits our living room was tired of its fixed roles and tasks and decides to break free, move around, jump, transform, disassemble itself or join forces with other appliances? What if your bed, chair and bookshelf decided that they want to exist independent from their habitual context, on their own terms, free to become what they want, free to leave their fixed position and venture into the world. In Living Room Clémentine M. Songe (aka Clément Layes) explores the dynamics of the living room, that place where we surround ourself with things that feel familiar, intimate, recognizable, safe. Transforming this room into a ‘living room’, a room that makes its own choices. In collaboration with the architect Morana Mažuran from the architectural office Ortner & Ortner Baukunst, the light designer Ruth Waldeyer and visual artist Jonas Maria Droste, Clémentine M. Songe bare the many interrelations that appear between our lives and this place, showing how much we take our habitual environment for granted, relying on it in order to feel ‘at home’ in the world.
Different abstract objects, reminiscent of a living arrangement, move according to their own operative logic, while the performer has to adapt to the rhythm and to the space again and again: The floor is sliding, turning, lifting. The room comes to life. It is, after all, a living room.
From 09.12.2021 to 20.01.2022, LIVING ROOM can also be seen as a spatial installation in the exhibition space of the Berlin architecture firm O&O Baukunst: O&O Depot, Leibnizstraße 60, 10629 Berlin.
Clément Layes on Clémentine M. Songe: Clémentine M. Songe is a persona I’ve been developing for a few years now, mostly in research. I decided recently to make works only as Clémentine M. Songe. Recent events make me feel that it’s impossible to simply move on: Corona, the death of friends and my beloved mother, the drop in the support structure of Public in Private and the desire to open new horizons, contributed to this thought, and made my desire to act on this alteration even stronger. For me, Living Room marks this moment of change, it is a transitional piece on many levels.
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TFB Nr. 1594
Cast & Credits
Artistic direction, performance: Clémentine M. Songe (aka Clément Layes)
Artistic collaboration: Jasna L. Vinovrški
Stage design, architecture: Morana Mažuran
Stage design, construction, concept: Jonas Maria Droste, Ruth Waldeyer, Clément Layes
Dramaturgy: Jonas Rutgeerts
Light: Ruth Waldeyer
Music: Steve Heather
Costume: Malena Modeer
Press: Aïsha Mia Lethen
International communication: Inge Koks
Production: Public in Private
A production by Public in Private in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE and 0090.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Supported by Ortner & Ortner Baukunst and Flutgraben e.V.
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 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):
Public in Private / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Public in Private: Interview / Portrait Public in Private (2017)
- Public in Private: Ich bin Tscheud (2021)
- Public in Private: Healers (2020)
- Public in Private: ONON (2019)
- Public in Private: The Emergency Artist (2018)
- Public in Private: THE ETERNAL RETURN (2017)
- Public in Private: TITLE (2015)
- Public in Private: Modal Verbs – I must, I should, I may, I can, I will and I want (2015)
- Public in Private: Dreamed Apparatus (2014)
- Public in Private: Things that surround us (2012)
- Public in Private: Der grüne Stuhl (2012)
- Public in Private: To Allege (2011)
- Public in Private: Allege (2010)