Concept: Simone Aughterlony
Performance: Simone Aughterlony, Thomas Wodianka
Music: Marcel Blatti
Light: Ursula Degen
Video: Meika Dresenkamp
Artistic adviser: Tine van Aerschot
Management: Roger Merguin
“Performer’s on Trial“ is as the title reads. A performance which is in the process of being tested, one in which the performers have every sense of being watched and judged by the audience. They are relentless in their attempts to prove their innocence and persuade you of their worth. As the performers progress into their various dances and performative questions on being real, they lead the audience to question their shifting role as spectators.
The work explores the many possible meanings of ’being on trial’ as a performer.
Playing with issues of being tested. Asking questions like; is the work valid, real, honest?
What is an honest performance? There is a strange similarity between performing in a formal manner in order to fake the assumed judgement and faking your own trial while still putting your fate in the hands of the audience. Being really on trial (feeling at risk in performance) and becoming so uncomfortable as to begin something fake
(as a cover up) which over time and through intensity can then be perceived as being disturbing and maybe even real.