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NEITHER YOU NOR ME
For 25 years Anders M and Anders P have been working together, one as actor and the other as director. In Neither You Nor Me they enter a journey through the narratives of Sophocle´s Antigone, Eschenbach´s Parzival and Melville´s Bartleby.
The first material presents a number of dialectic positions – man/woman, king/citizen, law/religion – and the second is an invitation to follow the movement from singularity to subjectivity. The third story investigates the potential of doing nothing at all. Together they form the foundation for a serie of examinations of the stage as a venue for, and encounters between, equal subjectivities; an arena for production of difference rather than identity, where participants and audience together can build imaginations of the infinite amount of potential existences, lives and destinies that isn't our own.
The basic idea is simple: two individuals with identical references – age, background, gender, field - meet each other on stage in the act of storytelling; in acceptance and appreciation of the fact that we never will be able to share each others perspectives, or create an identity between them.
Our verbal storytelling is projected through the perspectives of our bodies in the space, together with analogue animations produced with two overhead projectors, where we in a very simple, concrete fashion look at the basic notions of the narratives with the audience.
The staged body here, rather than being the representation of a certain identity, is trying out positions and perspectives, supporting the imagining act of the audience. The story is given the function of an interface, the membrane that both separates and connects the individuals reading/interpreting it. In the same way, we contextualize the face as an inter-face; defining both the outside and the inside, the surface that activates a machine producing communication and exchange of meaning, rather than communicating a finalized meaning in itself.
The objective of the project is to examine an updated toolbox for theatre. By merging methods and strategies from different art disciplines we aim to develope alternatives to traditional methods based on identity and mimesis, focusing on listening rather than understanding, and thus more suited to meet the needs of a postnational world.
Neither You Nor Me was created & performed by Anders Paulin and Anders Mossling.
Produced with support from Nordic Culture Point
Rio Bravo, Copenhagen
The Danish National School of Performing Arts
The Swedish Biennial of Performing Arts