One writes and in the end the letters burn somewhere along the way
Performance, 20', 2016
Language: German and English
A work with Michael Beron and Sam Parfitt
One writes and in the end the letters burn somewhere along the way is a collaborative performance and research project which investigates the mechanisms and desires at play when working with historical material. It revolves around a collection of letters written by a German soldier during World War II. Through a series of reading situations, the performers establish a fragile, polyphonic and at times grotesque space of negotiation, where they share the material but also compete to embody it and give it voice. By consuming the private, literal meaning of the letters and analyzing them as cultural artefact or fetishs, the performers highlight their and the public's contradictory feelings towards the material and query preconceived ideas such as masculinity or the sense of national belonging.
The piece was first developed during the workshop Body / Language / Archive, organised by Mikub e.V in Berlin-Weißensee in May 2016.
Photo credit: © Axel Lambrette