Magical. Acts. Matter.
Berlin, Sophiensæle, October 27th – 30th, 2016
Dusseldorf, FFT, May 12th – 13th, 2017
apparatus formed a temporary collective at Sophiensæle and reclaiming the theater as a place of ’theoria,’ of a contemplative show that doesn’t just affirmatively depict reality but allows it to be represented in better ways. The theater as a place of experience and the moment, a place where the impossible can made possible, a room of wonders in which actions and matter defy representation, that is the springboard for this apparatus. Theater as a space for possibility is it’s engine and what fuels the relational work between Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Thorsten Eibeler, Florian Feigl, Colin Hacklander, Farahnaz Hatam, Ligia Lewis, Kareth Schaffer, Stefanie Wenner and Melanie Jame Wolf in “Magical. Acts. Matter.“
Resisting the terror produced by immanence, they establish the theater as a venue in which even non-manmade things can manifest. They reference what the historiography of theater likes to omit: theater as ritual, as a cultic site of community, as a description of a different reality. Ink made from urine, spit and one gram of excrement, a four meter long roll of paper, paintbrushes, a suitcase on wheels filled with meat and bones for a dog, a red cloak à la Ku Klux Klan, images of mom and dad in a tin can, ten kilos of soil, mud, banknotes and coins, a jar of honey, fingernails, a phallus formed from rose blossoms, fire and mirrors. All these are things that Alejandro Jodorowsky uses in his practice of psychomagic and which M.A.M.’s team is collecting in their space. Connected through a belief in the magic of distance and that matter is the great master, they celebrate the black box as a container beyond measure, where the things and the psyche claim the evening. “Magical. Acts. Matter.“ abandons the real politics of the theater and celebrates the presence of the actors and agents that make theater real.