A performance in a circle
Tones of clay and acoustics

TON is a performance in a circle. In the center of the stage stands a large structure made of several compartments; each compartment contains one chair for an audience member. The performers circle around the compartmentalised audience for a half an hour. Each viewer, sitting in their own private booth, experiences only one segment of the entire circle. While creating this piece we were confronted with core principles and we observed: We can only move forward by moving forwards.

The following is what has been experienced as our experiment:

Subject of research: The physical material clay and the acoustic material of tones/sounds (the title word “TON” means both clay and sound/tone in German)

The experimental set-up: The audience in the center around which the performers endlessly circle.

The task: The interaction between sound, clay and humans.

Research questions: Who forms who? Who is the subject and who is the object? What can we perceive, be, and do within the confines of our own limitations?

The circular effect: Variation within repetition.

The premise: Trust in the precision of a blur.

Choreography: Cornelia Böhnisch, Katharina Schrott
Performers: Anna Bárbara Bonatto, Elena Francalanci, Olivia Mitterhuemer, Verena Pircher, Rosana A.Ribeiro
Dramaturgy: Felicitas Biller
Music: Jan Leitner
Set / Costumes: Cornelia Böhnisch
Light / Tech: Alexander Breitner, Robert Schmidjell

Created in close collaboration with the visual artist Gerold Tusch.

Please note: This performance includes stroboscopic light effects as well as very loud music.





Credit: Studio Fjeld