Production Details / Press Releases
A cabaret MC working under increasingly desperate conditions, a musician overwhelmed with stage fright, an anti-heroine reaching through millenia to touch the present – all these fragments have one thing in common: a very specific relation between the audience and a person expected to perform. These relations usually follow established rules, which allow everyone involved a degree of certainty about how to come together in a certain space and time. These conventions are often unconsciously learned and repeated: the drag audience must cheer and yell encouragement at particular moments, cabaret acts show up at the agreed time, the actor can expect that the audience of bourgeois theatre will mostly remain silent and then clap for a long time at the end, a TV host can rely on the live studio audience to support his jokes – and when you meet your therapist your problems should at least be wrapped in an interesting story, no? It is also true that each of these sets of conventions comes with a cost and functions either by shutting out certain perspectives or reproducing oppressive hegemonies.
Too Much is inspired by the idea that these relations can change – not by aiming towards an all-inclusive utopian scenario or a participatory hell, but rather by redrawing patterns of exclusion along less traditional lines: through appropriating relics of the Western theatre and music canon and references to living forms of (queer) community art; through creating ambiguous personae as well as space for them to evolve; and through a relaxed performance setting that acknowledges the variation of individual needs. The aesthetic questions – as well as their social and political implications – raised by this process and the performance itself are of course too much to resolve in one evening– but this work is hopefully an interesting contribution.
TFB Nr. 1537
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE: Olympia Bukkakis
PERFORMANCE: Oozing Gloop
DRAMATURGY: Isabel Gatzke
STAGE PAINTING, VIDEO: Camille Lacadee
COSTUME: Jay Barry Matthews
SOUND: COOL FOR YOU (Vika Kirchenbauer)
LIGHT: Maika Knoblich
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Paul Niedermayer
PRODUCTION: Lisa Gehring
TEXTS: Johann Sebastian Bach, Olympia Bukkakis, Cher, Medea nach Euripides (Paul Dräger), Oozing Gloop, verschiedene Wetterberichte
THANKS TO: Thierry Tidrow, Purrja, Elena Schmidt, Melanie Jame Wolf, Alexis Mersmann
A production by Olympia Bukkakis in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund.
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):