A performance about a dream
On Saturday night I gave a performance about a dream. In the beginning of the show, I painted my lips read and looked in the mirror I had on hand. Then I started reading. I had rehearsed a couple of times, the rehearsals went great but the actual performance got me a bit shaky.
I read a 15-page poem for 30 minutes straight up. I stumbled upon the words a bit but overall it was a great experience. I read about a recurrent dream I have of not finding a way to return to a city in England I love/hate. I also read about why I think I have this dream: some experiences that led me up to this dream where I search for the road to the city and fail every time. I also read out loud for the first time about the singular events that took place in that city – and for the one-off nature of the performance, I won’t be opening up about them furthermore on line. I will be suggesting the rather lengthy poem to be part of my book coming out in late autumn/early winter 2018 but don’t know yet if it will fit the general look of the book at that time and place then.
I thought before the performance started that I am reading to a group of friends. Obviously, I didn’t know more than one person in the audience even if the room was full. I felt sorry for an Asian lady who had came in with a friend and only spoke English. They discussed after the performance that she didn’t understand a word. I wanted to return her money for the ticket. Maybe the sound of the foreign language was worth a while – even if for sure I would have loved her to understand. Now I have in mind that I should do a similar performance with an English translator sitting under the second spotlight.
“On night’s like these/we make history”, I read from the paper and felt like I was in the right place in the right time. I had been having dreams about a box theater solo performance since I started studying performing arts, years back. I have always wanted to give a speech, performance, poem or a monologue in front of an audience in this kind of setting. Simple, with no tricks or twists, just a single light on the stage, looking over me and my papers.
The concept was simple: it was an Oulun Ylioppilasteatteri concept of a Mystery Box. A Mystery Box performance is limited to 30 minutes or so and the audience get in for 3 euros. The audience is unaware of what is going to be happening on stage but gets a hint or a tip word from the theater beforehand. Mine was “a dream”.
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