We Are Still Watching(2012)

We Are Still Watching_webWASW is a show performed by spectators; by an instant community of « audience members » that changes every evening of the show. And as they change the piece also radically changes every time that it is performed.

« We Are Still Watching » has a form of a “reading rehearsal” in which spectators encounter each other while reading a script together. During approximately an hour spent in company of each other spectators create and perform a community, making decisions individually and collectively while « simply » reading a text that someone else has written for them. 
In the “mini-society ” that gets created each evening of the show, everybody slowly but surely gets his or her role… Everybody speaks in the « I-form », everybody reads badly and everybody engages one way or another although no one ever read the script before and no one knows what will happen next.

We Are Still Watching is a piece in which the idea of “spectacle” slowly shifts to where we least expect it. Something that for a moment could look like a bad theatre becomes an invitation to look beyond of what is being scripted. While still staying in the realm of theatre and representation WASW leaves place for something « real » to happen.

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WE ARE STILL WATCHING (2012)

We Are Still Watching est un spectacle joué par 60 spectateurs. Prenant des décisions à la fois individuellement et collectivement, ils forment une communauté passagère, différente à chaque représentation. Ils lisent « simplement » ensemble et à voix haute un texte que quelqu’un d’autre a écrit pour eux. Dans cette « mini-société » qui se crée à chaque fois que la pièce se joue, chacun obtient au fur et à mesure son rôle. We Are Still Watching est une pièce dans laquelle l’idée de « spectacle » se déplace lentement vers où on ne l’attend pas forcement.

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Concept & text
 Ivana Müller in collaboration with
Andrea Bozic, David Weber-Krebs & Jonas Rutgeerts Light design & technical direction Martin Kaffarnik Production Mels Kroon Management I’M’Company/ Wilma Kuite -alles voor de kunsten (NL) & Chloé Schmidt (FR)

We Are Still Watching was developed as a part of Encounters project and was premiered in Frascati, Amsterdam in November 2012.
with a kind support of Het Veem Theatre, Amsterdam. financially supported by: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, SNS Reaal Fonds

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The idea for We Are Still Watching came in 2011 when in The Netherlands and in some other countries in Europe some serious changes in the cultural policy and society in general happened. While writing the script and imagining the communities that will read it, we were trying to reflect on the idea of theatre and its place in the contemporary society and at the same time we were working with the problem of « participation », both in theatre and outside of it.  In Dutch, and many other European languages, the word « voice » is the same as the word « vote ».  In general it is believed that to « vote » means to be political, or at least to be civic.  That is what most of contemporary democracies promote. But curiously, and somewhat paradoxically, with the act of voting we give our “political voice” to someone else… someone who we don’t necessarily know or often someone that is least bad on the list of names we hardly know.  We give our voice and then we possibly become politically mute…

In We Are Still Watching the role of spectators-readers coincides with the role of citizens-voters. One of the questions that we kept asking ourselves when working on this performative proposition was:  How to stay political in an extremely scripted and seemingly  “well organized” society? How to observe differently in order to have different ideas…. (IM, August 2013)

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