Hosted by the VOLKSBÜHNE Berlin’s Series “Armen Avanessian & Enemies” at ROTER SALON, NEXT WAVES THEATER began with a manifesto which called for re-evaluation of the digital and theatrical. Initiated by ARMEN AVANESSIAN and curated by SELIN DAVASSE, TILMAN HECKER, BELLE SANTOS, the series presented projects which found frameworks in various online spaces, variously grappling with resources, notions of territory, and showcasing the hyper-flexibility of technological exploitation, sinister or sincere. The finale of the programme sees a collaboration from the series’ initiators, directly juxtaposing conceits of the ‘old’ and ‘new’.
For HÉ BIEN ! LA GUERRE. SELIN DAVASSE freely adapts CHODERLOS DE LACLOS’ Dangerous Liaisons, placing excerpts from the towering epistolary novel against the sharp, libidinal email missives of KATHY ACKER and MCKENZIE WARK. Aggressing gender and power in fixed class structures, this operatic sketch continues the stage partnership of director TILMAN HECKER and composer BIRKE BERTELSMEIER, who first worked with onstage video as compositional technique in QUERELLE (DEUTSCHE OPER TISCHLEREI, 2014). Videographer SILKE BRIEL’S images fall into the installation-like setting, with BELLE SANTOS’ weaving of archival pieces with contemporary clothes colliding and layering references to Hollywood adaptations. Filmed over four days with the collaboration of the VOLKSBÜHNE, HÉ BIEN ! LA GUERRE. is a study towards an evening length project.
Costume Design:Belle Santos
Performers:Ivan Cheng and Selin Davasse
Video edit:Tilman Hecker, Ivan Cheng
Costume Assistant:Lola Carola Schmid
Production coordinator:Bernhard Ferrari
Sound:Gabriel Anschütz, Franca Weigert
Video:Jackson Ford, Konstantin Hapke, Max Heesen
Lighting:Stefan Prengel, Beatrice Sommer-Wickerath
Props:Yvonne Schulz, Franziska Rommel
Special thanks:Magdalena Mitterhofer, Klaus Dobbrick and Ulrike Köhler
Produced by VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN in collaboration with the NEMETSCHEK FOUNDATION for the Series ‘Armen Avanessian and Enemies’ at the ROTER SALON.