Aren’t you just longing to go to the theatre? Or a theatre festival? Well, now you can because GIFT has gone on-line. You can buy a ticket and spend the entire weekend at the festival. The GIFT programme is about much more than simply taking a lot of pre-recorded theatre and shoving it on-line but rather a carefully curated body of work that is often performed in real-time, is sometimes interactive and which uses domestic technologies to being audiences and artists together. Check out the UK premiere of Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas’ It Don’t Worry Me (and join them in the virtual cocktail lounge after), join Action Hero on a journey across Europe in RadioOH Europa or experience a one on one performance with Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaroa in As Far as Isolation Goes. There’s much more too so check out the website.
Together they interrogate the tension between art and political correctness. We watch a supposedly ‘empty space’ which is analysed by two commentators in the room with us. But as the commentators become the commented on, theories and visual associations start to dominate everything, and the show spirals out of control, out of meaning, and out of context. All the while three audience members dressed in the style of Robert Altman’s 1975 film Nashville thought they were coming to see a different show altogether. They each have confessions they would like to make…