I AM A Φis an attempt to critically define the relationship between the view of the public and the distancing effect of a theater play by using a rapid switch between perception and language. During the performance there is no physical relationship between the audience and the act itself, but a mediated relationship. The act goes on behind the black screen and behind the audience, by setting the audience in the center of the space and the event itself in the periphery and in distance from the field of view of the public, focusing the interest of the work on the topic of view itself.
Extracting many times the initial experience from the visual surrounding, the performance I AM A Φ deals with the production of imagination through an existential situation via its constant tension and repentance, based on the book [theatro]. The intention becomes tension and again intention. It questions how does the platonic ideal, enhance the forth side of imagination. The process of distancing from all the visual aspects of the original work, while keeping the main architecture as a key element of the project, leads to an analytical approximation of text based work. It is based on language and introspection via language. During the initial experience written on the book [theatro] two characters A and B are accumulating two parallel dialogues. Each on discuss with the other but also with their own voices recorded at a past tense, using a mirror glass object X and discussing the relation of the three A , B and X in space. In the performance I AM A Φ the dialogues of two characters A and B are simultaneously performed only by one person character ‘T’ - Tania Theodorou . That concurrent discussion among one person blends in to bilingual text and simultaneous opposite on a subtitling screen. The languages are English and Greek . The public is invited to read subtitles from a black screen while listening to the opposite language and by reversing the text from image to sound from English to Greek and vice verse.
photo credits : Thomas Ledsen
I AM A Φ