Walking Through Walls Centraltheater Leipzig (DE)
Audio walk-for one, play! LEIPZIG 24 – 27 June 2010
Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Season 2011/2012 http://www.playleipzig.de/en http://www.stadttheaterbremerhaven.de
Exploring the intimate and forgotten spaces of Centraltheater Leipzig, including tiny back stairs and make up tables the walk contrasts these intimate spaces with larger histories, questioning what lies behind the walls, under the floorboards, and above the ceiling. The walk focused specifically on people who work in the theatre but who are meant to be invisible. A week talking to cleaners, ticket sellers, administrative staff, etc. reviewed the theatre as a stage for everyday performances and rituals from the perspective of those hidden from view of the audience, yet whose routines produce the theatre daily.
The audio walk-for-one walk took place during the night-time routines. A member of the theatre’s evening services passed the walker an unmarked envelope containing a letter. The letter set the scene for the walk, which led the walker, guided by the voice of an actor from the house ensemble, around the darkened corridors of the theatre. It focused on the position of the walker who became a participant, following instructions to move through the theatre, and a performer through the chance meetings they encountered with night-time workers.