antagon theaterAKTion (Germany)
A (hypothetical) interview between Qmark and a member of the Audience.
Q. Hello! Good evening! Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? I am from qmark, an online thing that likes to ask questions.
A. Eh.. Ok. Hope it don’t take too long cos I got work tomorrow ah.
Q. Oh don’t worry it’s going to be very quick. Well, tell us what you thought happened during the show.
A. Mm I was sitting behind this very tall guy so I can’t really see everything.
From the beginning, at around 8 like that, there are around 10 people coming to the stage from the back of the audience. There’s one guy, like some master, using a rope to pull in all the other people. They were all walking on stilts like the, you know, Chinese acrobatics, and wearing white colour clothes. I think got something to do with slavery. Those being pulled were all screaming and making funny noises, abit like animals. Then when they are on stage, they started dancing and surrounding the master after some fighting.
After that it got abit confusing; got many different parts where people jump around, dance here dance there, got video projection, oh there’s the fire too! Wow the fire parts are the most exciting. They pour kerosene on the floor and burn it up, blowtorch on the backdrop, burnt a guitar and even juggle some fireballs. It’s almost like a circus, but those parts are the most interesting. The others are ok only la, but I can see that they put in effort. Then obviously the fireworks make everyone happy, all the kids went wild!
Q. Alright. This show most importantly deals with time. Do you think so?
A. Yah. There is a big clock in the background. Come to think of it, many parts of the show seem to be in slow-motion. Some parts like very fast, and there’s one part keep repeating over and over, like rewinding. Yah maybe that’s why its called “Time Out”.
Q. Good observation! Well, this show is really about taking time off, like what you are doing now, to reflect on yourself and your life. Those scenes you saw was about understanding time as a feeling, not as deadlines and numbers.
A. Oh really? It’s hard to understand all these arty arty stuff, some people I saw were leaving halfway.
Q. Well true, but precisely it also shows the state of the person and country. How controlled they are by the shackles of time. That’s why the whole show has the feel of rawness, energy, goth metal, animal tribalism and spacelessness, it’s to get you out of the timeframe! Anyway, thanks for your time. Good night!
A. Okay bye!
African to European: “You’ve got the clocks, we’ve got the time.”
enjoyed the live stage music. “Run Lola Run” comes to mind.