A rip in the silence. A mute cry. Too many lost needles. Endless lengths of fabric. »Experiments in Rest« combines the means of handicraft work with a sound installation and an autobiographic documentation. While concentrating on sa imple yet tedious task, four performers reveal their innermost thoughts, conflicts and relationships, piece by piece—like a weave of threads. The evolving work that deals with questions of wellbeing, community and the urgency of deceleration, functions as a silent protest against productivity and in defense of care and female solidarity. »Experiments in Rest« is a performative challenge, prompting the viewers to think about what connects us and holds us together, and about who we are, when we decide to take a break. What does it mean to take a rest? To sit still? And why must we think about the issue of rest today more than ever?
collectivebreak is a British-Scottish-German performance collective consisting of Bridget Russon, Ella Kennedy, Kate Ireland and Emilia Schlosser that was formed during their joint master’s study course »Performance Making« at Goldsmiths University London/UK. collectivebreak works with an interdisciplinary focus on the themes of exhaustion, productivity and solidarity.
Concept, development, performance: Kate Ireland, Ella Kennedy, Bridget
Russon, Emilia Schlosser
Sounddesign: Isaac Roberson
Technical support Bremen: Lena Düspohl
With thanks to the Master‘s course in Performance Making/ Goldsmiths University of London