The Werkstattbühne will be filled with an inimitable cosmos of music, narration, pictures and films on two successive evenings. The French artist François Sarhan will seduce the audience with true and as-good-as-true stories, enigmatic figures and mysterious sounds.
Inspired by the Russian avant-garde and by weird and wonderful objets trouvés from European cultural history, grotesque and humorous worlds will come into being. Figures like Fyodor Dostoevsky's fantastical narrator Bobok and the eccentric Professor Henry Glaçon flit in and out of the proceedings.
The theatre space is decorated collage-style with paper decor designed by Sarhan himself. Musicians from Belgium and France and from Vienna's Ensemble Phace occupy various parts of this space and perform music and texts by Sarhan. Members of the audience are invited to come on either or both of the evenings, which have different content, to move about freely within the installed cosmos, and to come and go as they please during the show, which lasts several hours. The ephemerality of music, of the performing arts, becomes something the audience can experience and yet at the same time it is contained in the space – as suggested by the French title of two-evening performance: Éphémère Enchainé.
Music | Text | Conception | Space François Sarhan
Something Out There