Yard Sale: New Footfalls... (2009)

"Yard Sale: New Footfalls..." Co-conception, Performance, Sound & Translation by Tajna Tanović ***

I have developed this installation and performance in collaboration with artist Kaća Čelan of Theater TAS. It was first performed in the chashama window on 37th Street in April 2009.

The performance "Yard Sale: New Footfalls..." based on Kaća Čelan’s play "New Footfalls" (a remake of Samuel Beckett’s "Footfalls") is a symphony for two voices and one body put into one installation. It symbolizes the absurdity of "the repetition of fates" by means of two confronting monologues by the Mother and the Daughter shown in solemn moments of the ritual drama. These two have been thrust into the historic-cultural background, leaving the leading roles to the chronically absent "Father" and the suffering "Son". With this performance the relationship between mother and daughter is opened up like Pandora’s box and reveals tireless ghosts showing that there is ...

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"Yard Sale: New Footfalls..." Co-conception, Performance, Sound & Translation by Tajna Tanović ***

I have developed this installation and performance in collaboration with artist Kaća Čelan of Theater TAS. It was first performed in the chashama window on 37th Street in April 2009.

The performance "Yard Sale: New Footfalls..." based on Kaća Čelan’s play "New Footfalls" (a remake of Samuel Beckett’s "Footfalls") is a symphony for two voices and one body put into one installation. It symbolizes the absurdity of "the repetition of fates" by means of two confronting monologues by the Mother and the Daughter shown in solemn moments of the ritual drama. These two have been thrust into the historic-cultural background, leaving the leading roles to the chronically absent "Father" and the suffering "Son". With this performance the relationship between mother and daughter is opened up like Pandora’s box and reveals tireless ghosts showing that there is still enough metaphysics within the damned female biology.

"New Footfalls", which I have translated from the original German, presents the exiled Mother and Daughter who take over the identity not only of Beckett's heroines but also of his complicated postmodern artistic work, the open testament containing the theological, existential, political and psychoanalytical keys to understanding. The absurd situation of the "ghosts" in Beckett’s play becomes the reality of the exile.... the artistic past taken over is the means to avoid the presence.

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