A Measure of Time is an English speaking experimental theater play. The play searches the boundaries between classical/modern acting, music/sound art and multimedia, whereby the public play its part.The performance is based on idea developed by the French writer Jean Cocteau in his play “Le bell indifferent” and by Romanian writer Matei Visniec in his play “ Garbegebin man”. The whole performance is presented as a collage that contains four monologues. The main monologue, the woman’s story it is designed as a classical performance piece, no effects, no music, only the main character and the public. The “Woman story” includes the other monologues-stories that are introduces to the public by live projections and live music. During those moments the art of sound and video is combined with the art of physical theater, dance and acting.
Relation between couples and madness is used as a excuse to show a symptomatic form of isolation, alienation of a human. A daily drama but eternal about break up between lovers. It is a warning sign for the human relations, the metamorphosis of love that from the euphoric mood can lead to decadence. The play is a succession of circumstances revealing man’s failure on all levels, from the political level leading to the most frightening discovery- that self loss.
In a society suffering by schizophrenia, suffering by the gap between intellect and feeling, between body and soul, a return to what is human is necessary. The performance is a contemporary drama: the lack of real communication. Nobody hears and listen to nobody, the modern society, hyper mechanized, destroyed what make us human, the ability to love and to communicate. We hit each other like we hit a wall, the echoes are returning to us, it does not reach the others.
concept, directing, performer, visual artist (installation,costumes): Teodora Ionescu
video art,light: Jeroen Traanman
sound: Rikkert Achtereekte
photos: Viorica Cernica &Vincent Nijhof