One Man One Story Theatre Experience: Time and Memory 一人一故事剧场体验：时间与记忆
About the Event 关于活动
With the opening of Trinh T. Minh-ha: Traveling in the Dark, audience in Shanghai have the opportunity to gain more insights into the artist’s world of art, the memories and voices of individuals revealed in her works on multiple levels. And in the meantime, they are also confronted with the question she raises through the medium of video: how do we address the histories and individual memories that have been forgotten or neglected?
As the artist said in a conversation, if the “ancient” doesn’t necessarily mean the “past”, then “modern” doesn’t necessarily mean “future”. We tend to think time as linear; but if we try to see it as a spiral structure, we’d see the so-called “returning” doesn’t always point to the same place. To “return” to a certain point of time of the past doesn’t take us back the same place. This also means that it’s actually possible for us to grow in more directions without being constrained by time or memories.
In August, in partnership with La Strada Theatre Company RAM presented a workshop “Playback Theatre: Anima”, introducing the form of playback theatre into the context of art museum. Playback Theatre emerged in the USA in the 1970s during the experimental theatre movement. Drawing on body movements, instruments, music, poetry and narrative, actors and actresses will perform improvisationally the stories spontaneously shared by the audiences. It is a highly interactive theatre form that integrates listening, mutual respect, expression and dialogue. Under the theme of “root searching”, participants enjoyed a special evening and built connections with other as well as themselves in an open and sincere atmosphere. This time we present a second edition of Playback Theatre.
Themed “Time and Memories”, the workshop intends to lead participants to break restraints of time and space, pick up memory fragments scattered in the depth of our lives and reconstruct the garden of poetry that we once owned. At the beginning of the workshop, participants are asked to look into the mirror with strangers in the beautiful music to feel the existence of themselves and others, to open up your body and to perceive the space and people you meet. Then there’s a brief ice-breaking session for people to get familiar with each other. And with the guidance of the instructor, participants learn to use different small musical instrumental to release and express their feelings. Afterwards participants are divided into groups and share a certain piece of their memory. They try to interpret each other’s stories in the forms of monologue, poem or sound. Finally all participants will go into the garden of poetry together, to perceive a whole picture of the stories in our memories from a new perspective, and to unearth the truth hidden in the depth and never discovered before. We resonate, vibrate, memorize, communicate and think through the listening and sharing, to truly “go underground and find the spring”.
To avoid certain memories or periods of time may sap the power of self. In Playback Theatre, we can reach the very corner of time or memories through speech, poetry, music, installation and the gentle connections with others, and present invisible memories in action. That’s what’s valuable and may bring more strength to reality.
在8月，RAM与大路剧团合作举办了"一人一故事剧场工作坊：阿尼玛"，将“一人一故事剧场”（Playback Theatre)的形式引入了美术馆的场域之中。这种于20 世纪 70 年代末在美国实验剧场运动中兴起的演出方式，由演员即兴运用形体动作、工具装置、音乐、诗歌或叙事演绎观众即时分享的故事，以结合了聆听、尊重、表达、对话的互动即兴剧场形式传播于世界。在“寻根”的主题下，参与者收获了特别的一晚，在真诚、动人的氛围中，建立起了与他人、与自己的连接，因此我们再次举办“一人一故事剧场”工作坊。