Trust me is a US premiere dance/theatre project in collaboration with German playwright Falk Richter, which explores the body and psyche in Western culture and how they inform our ways of thinking, acting, collaborating and moving through this complex system. Using the mediums of dance, theatre, video and music, force/collision will create an interdisciplinary devised performance which creates a dialogue between German and American culture by exploring the lateral effects of cross- continental influences. This project will also explore the divide between information and sensationalism in modern society and the individual by incorporating notions of media and pop-culture identities.
As force/collision continues to meet with the challenge of finding performance space for this project, we seek to investigate the idea of space in the 21st century as it relates to international collaboration, documentation and non-physical space as in media and cyberspace. Force/collision seeks to video document the process of finding “trust” and producing art in Washington, D.C. from Skype meetings with the playwright to rehearsal to personal situations. Documentary style will also be converged upon by staged sequences that will be shot at various locations in the District. These staged sequences will be paired with extracted text from Falk Richter’s writing and will explore site-specific performance and the identity of space.
The Goethe Institut will screen the film in late June 2013.
Goethe Institut, Washington, D.C. programs feature important elements of contemporary German culture. Not only does the Goethe-Institut present art and culture from Germany, but we also convey the intellectual trends and social issues now under discussion. We seek to build relationships between the cultural spheres of Germany and the United States on the individual as well as the institutional level.
Falk Richter (Playwright) born 1969 in Hamburg, is one of the most important German playwrights and directors of his generation. His plays have been translated into more than 25 languages and are produced all over the world. Apart from writing and directing his own plays, Richter has directed Shakespeare, Tschechow, Schiller, Brecht, and a number of contemporary writers such as Caryll Churchill, Harold Pinter, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Jon Fosse, Mark Ravenhill, Lars Noren, Roland Schimmelpfennig, and operas by Tschaikowsky, Strauss and Weber, as well as by Hans Werner Henze, Jörg Widmann and Jörn Arnecke. Richter has been director in residence at the Schaubühne in Berlin since 2000, and has also worked freelance at theatres like the Burgtheater in Vienna, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Zurich, Salzburger Festspiele, Vienna States Opera, Ruhrtriennale, Theatre National Brussels, Royal National Theatre Oslo, Frankfurt Opera. Plays include: Alles. In einer Nacht. (1997), Kult -Geschichten für eine virtuelle Generation (1997), Gott ist ein DJ (1998), Nothing hurts (1999), PEACE (2000), ELECTRONIC CITY (2002), SIEBEN SEKUNDEN/ IN GOD WE TRUST (2003), DEUTLICH WENIGER TOTE (2004), Das System (2002), UNTER EIS (2004), HOTEL PALESTINE (2004), Eine kurze Verstörung (2005), DIE VERSTÖRUNG (2005), Verletzte Jugend (2006), Im Ausnahmezustand (2007), TRUST (2009)