ETHER is the title of an experiment, which takes as its points of departure Horace’s phrase ‘ut pictura poesis’ (as the picture, so is the poem) and a quote attributed to Simonides of Ceos, which calls painting silent poetry and poetry: silent painting.
Likewise, the performance utilizes the principles of composition of landscape painting with a foreground, a middle distance and a background, which are presented scenically as three parallel fields within which the four performers form various groupings.
Superimposed upon this pattern is a system of monologues, dialogues and triologues which represent basic theatrical elements. These are composed as ever-changing combinations which by themselves constitute a dramatic progression from the soliloquy, through the antagonism of dialogue to intrigue/plot – analogous to the development of a picture from surface to depths.
Based on this scheme, the Danish author Inger Christensen has written a text for constellations involving four persons.
Another aspect of the experiment is to join two trends in current theatre: the non-verbal visual theatre with its link to ‘performance art’ and the psychological theatre with its traditional conventions.
Duration 60 min.