All in All, Mousonturm, Frankfurt, 2017schließen
Bizarre and funny.
All in All is a spacewalk. Three performers invite the guests to walk with them in a circle around a glowing disc for one hour in the giant, empty hall of the Frankfurt Lab, in near complete darkness. It is left over to the spectators whether they want to experience the gravity and centrifugal force of celestial bodies up close or watch the production from afar. The musician Jacob Bussmann, the sun of the performance, hangs above the disc from the ceiling at a height of three metres and accompanies the walk with songs and sound material from, amongst other things, the Golden Record, a storage medium from the 1970s that was shot into space with the Voyager missions in order to pass on a best-of of human images, sounds and music to potential non-human civilisations.
The two other performers assume this gesture of ‘is anybody there’, carrying out a fragmentary conversation – repeatedly ensuring their reciprocal presence. This conversation is guided by the origins and end of the universe as well as the phenomenon of gravitational force. In the continuing darkness, a kind of subtle pillow talk ultimately unfolds, made up of half-truths, which also include fears, inaccuracies and familiarities. In this way, outer space in its incomprehensibility becomes the symbol of community for this performance, continuously pushing apart the outer limits of what is imaginable during its expansion, thereby slowly suspending the coherence of matter. The human gaze towards the stars and the expansion of outer space collide here in the experience of this drifting apart, being lost and falling. It becomes apparent that that there is no such thing as the one human gaze. All in All therefore rises and falls with its participants and their singular perspectives and behaviours, which appear no less mysterious than the universe itself. At the end of the piece, the two performers pull the musician back down from the sky to the theatre floor using a ladder, as many thousands of lights begin shining in the roof of the hall.
Premiere on 19 December 2017 at Mousonturm Frankfurt. Further performances on 20.12.2017, 21.12.2017, and 06.12.2018.
"All in All" was invited to the Made Festival as the winner of the audience award.
By Nir Shauloff and Jan Philipp Stange, Music: Jacob Bussmann, Light Design: Simon Möllendorf, Costumes: Maylin Habig, Dramaturgy: Annegret Schlegel, Production Management: Carmen Salinas, Assistant: Alex Mentzel | Photos by Irina Ximena Perez Berrio
With generous support from Mousonturm Frankfurt, Gessneralle Zurich, the Willy Pitzer Foundation, the NASPA Foundation, the HTA, studioNAXOS and the City of Frankfurt Department for Culture.