Fabrice Mazliah

Manufactured Series Duet #5: The Act of Reading
Lecture Performance

Over the past two years, Frankfurt choreographer Fabrice Mazliah and his colleague Marialena Marouda have invited fellow performing artists to enter into dialogue with a handmade object of their choice. In the fifth duet of the series, choreographer Michele Di Stefano meets Andy Warhol’s diaries.

In every duet until now, the object, through its functions, proposes the duration of the work, according to the time it needs to reveal itself. In the case of the diaries and their 807 pages, the book demands a length of 72 hours in order to be read in its entirety. As a consequence, Di Stefano and the book will spend three full consecutive days and nights together on the main stage of the theatre, in a reading ritual/marathon in which the public can partake either in person, during various public windows, or virtually, via livestream.

What happens in this 72 hours while reading? This simple question gives rise to complex physical dialogue between Di Stefano and the book. A book consists of nothing but white paper and black letters. However, it opens up intimate, mental spaces which the reader navigates thanks to her/his imagination. This unusual duet explores the relationship between materiality and immateriality, between the process of reading and being read, inviting the inner voices of the spectators, their imaginary worlds, to merge with those of Di Stefanos and the book.

Thu. 24.9. 7 p.m. | 10.30 p.m.
Fri. 25.9. 7.30 p.m. | 10.30 p.m.
Sat. 26.9. 3.30 p.m. | 7.30 p.m. | 10.30 p.m.
Sun. 27.9. 11.30 a.m. | 6 p.m.

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Solidarity price system (freely selectable): € 5 / € 10 / € 20 / € 30
Duration: 72 hours (performance & livestream), approx. 60 min (timeslots for visists at Mousonturm)
Language: English

Cast & Credits

Conzept: Fabrice Mazliah
Choreografie: Fabrice Mazliah in Zusammenarbeit mit Michele di Stefano und Marialena Marouda
Performance: Michele di Stefano und ein Buch

Composition/Sound: Lorenzo Bianchi-Hoesch

Production: Work of Act / Fabrice Mazliah

Ko-Production: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Supported by: International Coproduction Fund – Goethe Institut, Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt

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