The Art Piece

 

 

 

“A wonderful, radical confusion without safety net, which despite it’s reduced surface comes out as a wild piece of Performance-Theatre”
Westwind Festival

 

“Full of scenes to be grasped with intuition instead of theory. Not everything has to be understood rationally, and definitely not Preformaces”

Westfälische Nachrichten

 

 


Breaking with all possible definitions of how theatre for youngsters is supposed to look like, we dived into a world of multiple meanings to bring teenagers close to what we, as artist, think art can look like sometimes.

We created this piece out of a profound wish to remember that art, same as life, is not always mild, colorful, entertaining, nor greatly composed.  Instead, this piece is -and wants to be- the misfitting kid in  the classroom. The foreigner. The stranger. The one no one gets. The vulnerable. The rebel. A flamboyant weirdo.

The one that is confortable being different and puts a spotlight on itself to remember it’s own existence.

We created this work to reflect on traditions, to seek beauty in what we normally judge as ugly, to enjoy the strengths of our weaknesses, to look at  the brutalities of our own diplomacy and to remind that it can be terribly funny to do and see thing differently than we usually.  This piece will not tell you a clear story, this piece is just there, like a Kafkian creature going all happy  for a day in the park. Its existence is its own statement'.

  • CAST & CREW

    Directed by: Leandro Kees | Performed and Co-developed by: Cornelia Kupferschmid and Marcela Ruiz Quintero  | Produced by: Fetter Fisch  |  Production Management:  Kerstin Stienemann and Regina Wegmann  |  Production Assistant: Fransisco Ruiz  |  Audience Development : David Kilinç  |  Light Design and Technique: Johannes Sundrup und Marc Feld  | Music: Max Richter, Yelle | Art History Consultant: Dr. Lena Geuer.

     

     

  • DIRECTOR'S NOTES


    "This piece came out of a wish to conceive other alternatives of making theatre for youngsters. 

    As a child and teenager I did not identify with theatre as 'spoken literature'. If I liked a show it was because it was different, I liked the strange things  people did on stage, not the story they told. I liked actors and actresses being daring, running, kissing, hugging, braking rules. 

    Maybe it was because when you are an adolescent all you want to do is to fit in, then any manifestation of difference becomes a beacon of hope in a world driven by behavioral norms.  

    Like something letting you know that there is more to it than meets the eye. That there is more to art to what a school teacher can tell you.


    Artists and teachers think about art in very different ways. Teachers want you to learn something. And we, artist, don’t want you to learn anything, not in a show. We want you to experience something and we trust 100% you would do with it what you consider best. We don't want to evaluate you and compare your performance with the rest of the class.  We just want you to see somethings... are possible. That's it.



     

    A further motivation for this piece was the relation between understanding art and understating people.

    Often I wonder if there is a relation between the intolerance people experience when encounter a different artistic languages, and the intolerance towards foreigners and strangers in general.
 And I think there is.

    Being both an artist and a foreigner is easy to see how this sequence matches sometimes. Which is why it was great to reflect about it in this piece, without ever raising a single word about it, nor telling you a story of tolerance.

     

     


    L.K.
     

  • ON TOUR

    THE ART PIECE  can be adapted  to different stage sizes and locations. It has minimal light requirements and on tour only one suitcase.
    It can be performed on German, Enlish and Spanish. Other languages are possible. 
The touring Team is 3 persons: two performers and a technician.
 


     

    For detailed informations and technical rider please contact us at contact @leandrokees.com or kontakt@fetter-fisch.de
     

Leandro
Kees