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Mem (2007)

“....In the past, when sailing ships were plying the oceans, they would put a message in a bottle and throw it in the water to signal they were in distress. Eventually it would be found by somebody who would, hopefully, call for help. It is the role that I am called upon to play. In the final analysis that is what it comes down to: you throw a bottle in the water, and somebody picks it up. It follows that what you are doing is only your concern. No one else should be involved. When you are doing something, you should feel absolutely alone, like a spark in the blackness of the universe. That's all...” (adaptation of a text from "Conversations with Iannis Xenakis" by Balint Andras Varga)

Reflecting upon human existence and survival, a group of six individuals emerges in an apocalyptic universe, as a lost tribe. The innocent and experienced meet on a deserted ground; to touch, manipulate, protect, isolate and re-connect to each other. In this community, each one of the single figures is a whole world of its own. Synchronized with each other, related subconsciously; they don’t ask why. They exist.

duration: 35 minutes
choreography: Maya M. Carroll
music and sound: Roy Carroll
dance: Murielle Elizeon, Su-Mi Jang, Melanie Lane, Clint Lutes, Tommy Noonan, Sebastian Rowinsky
stage and costumes: Nadia Fistarol
light: Peter Mentzel
production: PVC Freiburg
Theater Heidelberg
premiered at Theater Heidelberg, October 25, 2007
further Performances: Theater Freiburg (2007), Theater Heidelberg (2008)

from the press
"...Something is in action, impulses, patterns, a downright maelstrom, only later yielding to periods of holding back. Murielle Elizéon especially realizes the bitter-sweet simultaneousness of perception, observing herself being driven on; in Roy Carroll's soundscape the spark of glowing consciousness crackles...This is danced elegantly and with discipline, and as, hardly noticeably, a tremor runs through the entire ensemble, a faint notion is conveyed, of which it remains undecided whether it pertains to a general law or to incipient self-recognition. In a manner as fragile as this feeling, the piece ends with an electrical blackout."
- Jens Schmitz, Badische Zeitung (translated from German)