Analogue-digital performance in the framework of the Performance Days Istanbul 2007
idea / concept | moderation alexandra reill
public relations galata perform / kanonmedia
production galata perform | istanbul 2007
‘A Last Supper’ is taken by the visitors of the Performing Days Istanbul 2007 – a dinner as frugal as feeding as it is with its apple and fish on the plates of a table with thirteen seats. The looping screening of the film Above the Skies creates a stringent sacral character for this multicultural dinner where a chair is missing and where the shades of visitors become part of the scenario.
Traces of Moorish, Jewish and Catholic culture of the Middle Ages form the visual framework for a search on the inner essence and character of human suffering in life, putting the viewer in a trance-like state of slowed down introspection. Opulent Baroque versus Gothic and Muslim transparencies. Empty Jewish quarters maintained like museums for tourists’ looks. A Europe place as proof for imperialistic approaches.
What does suffering mean. What does suffering mean in a lifetime. What is the sense of conflict, the sense of separation. Impressions of life, always doubled to keep the option to look through things. A journey from the Earth to the Skies and back, at a table where a chair is missing in the round.
With remixes of Middle Age chorals out of the times of Alfonso X El Sabio (1221-1284), Elisabeth the Catholic (1410-1563), the Nasrid Dynasty (1410-1563) and the Jewish culture.
The Last Supper II staged at
— performance days istanbul @galata theatre / istanbul / tr / 07
The Last Supper II listed in | featured by
— rhizome / nyc / us / 07