It is strange but it seems we did so much inside work in the third week that the week itself tends to disappear in our memory.
Now that we had found podcast formats that are able to contain various types of conversations, and at the same time have various layers of performativity in the theatre space, we actually entered in a podcasting rhythm.
A word collage podcast that we were exploring based on our everyday exchange of word connections, transformed itself from a ping-pong format, to a frisbee format, until eventually it landed in a Three step afternoon nap format. It holds space for glueing next to each other words that do not belong together and for spontaneous thoughts around grouping and being categorised.
We searched for the ultimate anti-podcast format and we found it in our Dancing in a group without a group practice. Along with being a podcast in which the participants dance (presumably this dance stays hidden in an audio podcast), it is also a podcast for storymaking where parallel talking is allowed. Becoming very much the podcast that a listener most probably cannot really follow, it gives us space to unfold events for those attending the theatrical space.
Storymaking is also the focus in another format we developed through the weeks by now. Starting in Hansa Haus where we played the Simple game of war with Tarot del Fuego cards, we made cards of our own. Two sets of 15 cards each contain random quotes that stayed vivid in our minds throughout the first and the second weeks. Written in five different colours the scale for the ruling out which one overpowers which one, changes every time. The one who has the strongest card tells a story with the quotes on the table. If two or three cards of the same colour happen to be drawn at the same time, a war comes into play so the involved sides pull three more cards each. Then the story that comes into making gets to be based on nine or twelve cards. In its audible level this podcast plays with voice effects that each player can control themselves by an app that we developed especially for that. To make this format also readable for those who are in the same space with us, we are projecting the surface of the table on which we play the game on the back wall of the stage. The image reminds of casino card dealings. The stories come from a world where a Melancholic Love Magazine deals with Empathic Anger and Those Who Cannot Afford Not To Belong.
Table tennis and ping-pong balls have kept us company since day 1 of this residency. They proved to be not only very photogenic, but also quite phono- and situation-genic. A game played in the public with some clear rules, it allowed for unregulated variants that gave us space to pingpong thoughts, words and moves. The formats that grew out of that we call now Tischtennis with talking under the table, Serefe/Nazdrave and The Illusion.
During this week we had Ole for an inspiring visit and exchange, Svenja for constant support and Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City for some parallel worlding in the cinema next door.