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Alive in Berlin

Alive in Berlin

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  • Tue 14 Mar ’17, 7:00pm – 7:50pm
  • Wed 15 Mar ’17, 7:00pm – 7:50pm
  • Thu 16 Mar ’17, 7:00pm – 7:50pm
  • Fri 17 Mar ’17, 7:00pm – 7:50pm


Underground Market Dunedin, 171 George Street, Dunedin, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $20.50
  • Concession: $15.38

Alive In Berlin is a multimedia work for voice, projected video and musical composition. It is a kind of spoken-word ‘concerto’ – the vocal text of the work’s central figure, The Girl From The Moon, interacting and playing with the projected images and the music.

Perhaps echoing Rainer Maria Rilke’s dictum ‘Shattered people are best represented by bits and pieces,’ Alive In Berlin develops not so much as a coherent narrative but rather as an aggregation of associated fragments.

The work explores ideas of displacement and uncertainty from shifting perspectives: The Berlin Wall leans on a mantelpiece in Gore. Paris re-locates to Invercargill. A vision of Cold War paranoia is superimposed over the memory of a child wandering Rattray Street, Dunedin. Glimpses of what might be past familial relationships are revealed and instantly withdrawn. Time, place, events, memory and ultimately psyche itself (as vested in The Girl From The Moon) dissolve by degrees into space, darkness and, finally, silence.

Doors open at 6:30 for an interactive sound and video experience. Performance starts at 7pm.

The Berlin team — Writer and performer: Jenny Powell; Composer: Kerian Varaine; Filmmaker: Phoebe Lysbeth K; Coordinator: Simon O’Connor. Presented by Talking House.

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