A performer gathers a piece of white fabric
Sheila Burnett

in Rest


2023 OUTNOW! Schwankhalle
Venue: Schwankhalle, Neuer Saal

Duration: 50 minutes
The performance leads into a collective exchange with the audience, during which interested visitors can participate in the handicraft.

Joint price system: 7 / 10 / 14 € (free choice)
Online-Tickets plus 1,50€ fee.
Bremen Pass: 3 €
Culture semester ticket: free of charge

Tickets can be purchased online and at all Nordwest-Ticket ticket agencies ↗. Box office open 60 min before the start of the event.

Alternatively you can reserve tickets by phone 0421 520 80 70 (Mon, Wed – Fri 10 am – 2 pm or answering machine) or email ticket@schwankhalle.de. Pick up at the box office until 30 min before the performance starts.

The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes without intermission.

English spoken language is used.

Content note: The play focuses on mental health.

A variety of seating (chairs, benches, floor cushions) is available for the audience. There are two wheelchair spaces that can be reserved based on availability or selected as a ticketed category in the online store and at the box office.

All venues of the Schwankhalle are accessible at ground level and without steps. You can find more info about the accessibility of the premises here ↗. If you have any questions, please contact us at ticket@schwankhalle.de or 0421 520 80 70.

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