Nicola Gunn: Piece For Person And Ghetto Blaster (Australia)

22.08.2017 - 23.08.2017

TIMES: Tue 22.8. at 18.30 (discussion with the audience after the show), Wed 23.8. at 18.30
VENUE: Kulmasali


Nicola Gunn´s Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster is the story of a man, a woman and a duck. It dissects the excruciating realms of human behaviour by calling into question our capacity to make moral judgments and relate to others in an ethical way.

The work is disarmingly simple – exploring in great depth the moral conundrum of what should one do if one comes across a person throwing stones at a duck – but gradually becomes mind-bogglingly complex. Threaded between observations and memories of this brief encounter with a stranger are philosophical musings about peace and conflict, moral relativism, the ethics of intervention and the very function of art. Each new complication is layered into the mix until the ability to maintain different ethical and conceptual paradigms within one’s mind at the same time exhausts itself.

Accompanying the text is a rhythmic sound composition and an unpredictable choreography that shifts from the unnecessary and incongruous to the strangely affecting. The effect is of a mental rhythm playing onto and against a highly impulsive conflation of physical rhythms.

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster slips across tempos, ideas and performance modes – from movement to dance to performance art and back again – to create something inescapably unique. The culmination of these multiple layers is a work in perpetual motion, full of wit, provocation and reflection.

Australian Nicola Gunn combines in her work performing arts and anthropology. Usually her works are based on a personal experience, the urge to study a certain form or just to tell a story to the audience. She has performed in many festivals including Dublin Theatre Festival, which is the first festival dedicated to theatre in Europe.  

Concept, Text, Direction, Performance: Nicola Gunn
Choreography: Jo Lloyd
Sound Composition and Design: Kelly Ryall
AV Design: Martyn Coutts
Lighting Design: Niklas Pajanti
Costume Design & Construction: Shio Otani
Script Dramaturg: Jon Haynes
Production Manager: Gwen Gilchrist
Producer: Jenny Vila

Language: English
Subtitles: Finnish
Duration: 1 h 10 min

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