Real Performance

Grace Phillips & Laurie Robins

2 November 2022
Location: Het Huis The Attic
21:15 - 22:30
4 November 2022
Location: Het Huis The Attic
20:30 - 21:00

United States 2018, 25 minutes

Real Performance stages a repetition exercise in a contemporary shared office space. The exercise is designed to teach actors to build authenticity, with the expression of spontaneous real emotion as the goal of each new performance. In the video, the exercise is pushed beyond its normal time constraints, forcing the two actors beyond the controlled limits of their training. At regular intervals, a series of lines selected from management textbooks are incorporated into the otherwise improvised exercise. In highlighting the language of emotional leadership, Real Performance visualises the gap between two perspectives on empathy: as a method of extracting value from labour and as an intense and transformative force that can produce an alternative kind of space, conjured up in plain sight, spontaneously available to anyone as resistance to instrumentalization.


On 2 November Real performance is part of the opening programme.

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