Captain Nemo’s library

Captain Nemo’s library. Illustration from “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne

Performative Reading

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine

SAT 21 & SUN 22 Mar 2015, 16:00-22:00

A project by Mette Edvardsen

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Faust (1808/1832)

Herman Melville
Bartleby, the Scrivener (1853)

T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets (1943)

Soseki Natsume
I am a Cat (1905/1906)

Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde (2003)

Rainald Goetz
Loslabern (2012)

A group of performers have each memorised a book of their choice. They form a collection of living books that spend their time in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, waiting to be picked up. At the counter, a reader can order one of these books before being taken by it to a quiet place to have it recited. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” which describes a world in which all books have been burned, Mette Edvardsen’s “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” is a remarkable one-to-one experience.

With Katja Dreyer, Mette Edvardsen, David Helbich, Sébastien Hendrickx, Sonia Si Ahmed, Kristien Van den Brande