theatre

 Installation view "Temporama", MAM Rio, 2015 Photo: Paulo Jabur

Installation view
"Temporama", MAM Rio, 2015
Photo: Paulo Jabur

Since the mid-1980s, the French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has created films, photographs, installations and environments that often involve viewers in uncanny, oneiric scenarios from the past and future. Most recently, she has been working on a series of performances where she assumes the roles of people such as King Ludwig II, Bob Dylan, Vera Nabokov and Fitzcarraldo. In advance of the opening of her retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, she talked to Oliver Basciano about mixing up different times, meeting ghosts, and why she works against the theatre.

 AGORA: Ein Chor Stasimon , 2009 (Regie/Director: Mikael Marmarinos) Photo: Thomas Aurin

AGORA: Ein Chor Stasimon, 2009 (Regie/Director: Mikael Marmarinos)
Photo: Thomas Aurin

For almost 25 years Frank Castorf has put on a stridently modern kind of “Regietheater” (director’s theatre) at Berlin’s Volksbühne. After the fall of the Wall, the famously grouchy Castorf persuaded the likes of Christoph Schlingensief and René Pollesch to stage works at the theatre on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. They let disenfranchised subjects stumble elegantly through superannuated ideologies, speaking in voices that are not their own. And they won’t be doing it for long. Jan Küveler knows what we’re going to miss.