- there has been an accident and they have left me here in this condition to do this by karin verbruggen
- karin verbruggen
THERE HAS BEEN AN ACCIDENT AND THEY HAVE LEFT ME HERE IN THIS CONDITION TO DO THISPRINT THIS PAGE
It cries. It babbles. It burps. It pukes. It poops and it pees. It whimpers, it screams, it sometimes snores, it squeals and it smacks it lips, it coughs, it sneezes and it has hiccups. It is a human infant.
I cry. I babble. I burp. If I remember I cover my mouth when I do that. I sometimes puke. I poop and pee. I whimper, I scream, I often snore, I squeal and smack my lips, I cough, I sneeze and I have hiccups. I am a 78- year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The ‘accidents’ and ‘failures’ in this performance are related to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Attachment difficulties, (Kinaesthetic) stammering and Falling. Despite the negative connotation of these disorders/diseases/impediments, these accidents give the opportunity to look at voice, movement and language with a fresh eye and a chance to create something from what seems ‘hopeless.
’Verfallen', exhaustion, attempting not to fail, tempting specific resistances. What condition brings on these instances of failure (if stuttering and falling can be seen as such), interruption, stillness? Is it a historical condition we are faced with or an ‘accidental’ one like stuttering? Are contemporary choreographers kinaesthetic stutterers? I believe that stuttering and stillness bring their own kind of presence. A presence that is hard to grasp, as the action itself remains invisible.
Devised by Karin Verbruggen
Performers Karin Verbruggen & guest performer
Sound Sigvart Dagsland – Elsker Du Meg/Vincent Malone – Le corps humain/Kyteman – Outro. Marching Band
Additional voice and recording Paul Menzies
Text material from Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
With special thanks to: Wendy Houstoun, Joe Kelleher, Adrian Heathfield, Simon Bayly, Gillie Kleiman, Molly Seremet, Karlien Torfs, Tom Stone
Performed at: Performance is a Dirty Work, May 2011 and Toihaus, June 2011.