The Negotiation

Kaya Behkalam & Azin Feizabadi, 2010
HD Video, color & b/w, 1/2-channel video, 38 min.

A group of actors comes together on a film set analogous to the architecture of a conference room – a round table. The script: an unnamed visual/textual three-act drama on an undefined revolutionary situation.

Within the working process: directing, reading, rehearsal and embodiment – in which the actors interpret their real and scripted characters – the borders between fictional and factual histories, individual and collective desires, projections and biographical backgrounds become more and more blurry.

Only commented from afar by an authoritarian narrator, the actors discuss, improvise and negotiate between language and the necessity for action. But to what extent can action be thought and performed beyond the inherited dramaturgical patterns, which the theatrical holds in itself?

Produced by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Berlin, on the occasion of the exhibition „Über Wut – On Rage“, curated by Valerie Smith.

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