Endings for Aberyswyth
2006 - In Performances
JACOB WREN / MARIE NERLAND / LAURE OTTMANN AND P.M.E. (MONTRÉAL, CANADA)
Endings for Aberystwyth
Saturday 22 July, 6.30pm
The Castle Theatre, Aberystwyth
On Saturday, 22 July, CPR presents the final performance as part of its
Summer Shift 2006 - CPR’s international summer school.
Endings for Aberystwyth is an exploration of the theme of ‘endings’, questioning the
nature of performance itself and will explore familiar sights and sounds of
Aberystwyth, as well as create a uniquely challenging performance event.
Jacob, Marie and Laure have performed other versions of ‘Endings’ over the
past year in Bergen, Norway and Lisbon, Portugal.
The performance for Aberystwyth has been created in a workshop led by Jacob
Wren and Laure Ottmann of Montreal based P.M.E. and Marie Nerland for the
CPR’s Summer Shift. The 11 participants and three guest teachers have been
working over ten days researching and gathering material to perform over a
five hour period at The Castle Theatre, Aberystwyth.
The performance will last approximately five hours and the audience is free
to come and go during that time.
‘Endings for Aberystwyth’ is a further exploration of some of the themes and
techniques begun by Jacob Wren and Laure Ottmann (of Montréal based company
PME) and their collaborator, Marie Nerland. ‘Endings…’ will involve
participants as performers and collaborators - searching for ways to be with
the audience in as warm and natural a manner as possible, but at the same
time also activating a critical process (both within the performer and
within the spectator): a process that relates directly to the central
questions of theatre and performance.
Participants will undergo many complimentary levels of experience and
artistic exploration: to be in close proximity to the audience and navigate
utilizing a very high level of non-performance; to create alongside the
teachers - from scratch - a body of new material gradually teased out from
our collective reflections upon the theme, to experience how an open-ended
process of searching, where the outcome and the style of the work is never
fully decided upon, can produce startlingly refreshing results.
‘Endings for Aberystwyth’ is both an exploration of the theme of ‘endings’
and a workshop which questions many of our pre-conceptions regarding the
nature of performance itself, searching for new conceptual attitudes and
approaches for inviting an audience into a space and genuinely interacting
with them. In some ways growing out of a dissatisfaction with the
conventions of the stage, the workshop is loosely based on the premise that
it is difficult yet possible (and even necessary) to create a condition in
which both the performer and spectator are deeply engaged in a common
project and that the questions surrounding such attempts have the potential
to generate ongoing insights into why we still need performance.
CPR is grateful to Wales Arts International and the Québec Government
Office, London for financial support for this project.
Centre for Performance Research