suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
matthias KARCH: William Shakespeare: Twelfth night, or what you will—This realized scenography project focuses on the enormous transgender and metamorphotic energy of Shakespeare’s dramatic figures. His comedy ‘What you will’ is an obsessive game about changing identity, transforming the own body and gender. The protagonists dream to be indifferent in reference of their sexual orientation, they hanker for having all the options of an ‘early form,’ which than could be transformed in any direction. Going back their personal timeline to a ‘hermaphrodite status’ is a regressive utopia for them.
The stage design reflects these themes and is to be seen as an ‘early and imperfect form’, as a fluid and self-generazing system. It looks like being designed without any author, seems to be more like a foundling, a leftover, washed-out by sea-waves since years. Time is passing by explicitly in this scenography, all forms are just ‘one moment forms’, they can chance their shape even in the next moment.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mK: Matthew Barney, Tony Gragg, Richard Deacon, Greg Lynn, Hans Arp, sailing my boat.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mK: Ovid’s Metamorphoseon, Sibilla Merian, Greg Lynn’s Animate Form.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mK: Achim Menges, Sergio Musmeci, Erwin Hauer, Eliado Dieste, Félix Candela.
Additional credits and links:
Realization: The Workshops of the Staatstheater Saarbruecken.
Scenical direction: Pit Holzwarth.
Musical direction: Achim Gieseler.