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)

Captain Nemo’s library

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

Past Dates

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