Performances

ANNA MENDELSSOHN
Cry Me A River

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 21.05.2010

Ort: TQW / Studios

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Everything is so much more complicated than you think.

There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make.

At some point I just began to cry. And that went on for many months.

Because how do you refreeze the ice up there? It just can’t be done.


Cry Me A River is a solo-climate-summit. Seated at a long conference table, a woman talks about the melting of the glaciers and the polar ice caps. She cries. Her monologue consists of a variety of public statements on global warming, which are woven together to form a single, shifting and self-disintegrating, polyphonic text-montage. Featured talking heads range from politicians, scientists, activists, surgeons, poets, city planners, deep ecologists, architects, through to a surplusenergy club owner. The discourse of these multiple voices is occasionally interspersed with the performer’s reflections on her own personal life. As the topic comes with many feelings, such as anger, hope, despair, these emotions are, whenever necessary, chemically reproduced and bio-engineered. Cry Me A River walks the thin ice between sense and senselessness, inner and outer worlds, the personal and the political.


 

 

Credits

 

Concept / performance: Anna Mendelssohn artistic collaboration: Yosi Wanunu music: Jorge Sanchez-Chiong light: Jan Maertens

 

In co-operation with: Tanzquartier Wien supported by: the cultural department of the city of Vienna and bmukk with the support of: PACT Zollverein thanks to: toxic dreams

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