What lives may not live at all or may live differently than we think. Thinking differently – that is probably the main intention of PYL – an international performance group that likes to explore the boundaries of thought in order to dissolve them. Their project Reality Surfing, which celebrated its premiere in Prague in October 2021, is now coming to Tatwerk Berlin on June 10th and 11th.
Image above: PYL © A. Sbirka
Reality Surfing is a non-narrative visual performance that proposes to the audience an alternative model for the coexistence of humans and inanimate beings or objects. The materiality and presence of these objects are juxtaposed with the human body – the performers – to reveal or offer new forms of relationship. The staging is based on a system that exists and functions according to its own PYL laws, time and meta-levels. The authors invite visitors to forget their rational logic and immerse themselves in a new reality created in collaboration with extraordinary species. For example, sponges, oranges, machines, ghosts and many other creatures or monsters are involved.
“Each of us puts together our own little world with the things and knowledge available, using random fragments of reality as bricks to build a wall against the wind. When the wall falls, we find ourselves in a nebulous landscape where collapsed parts are united into a new entity: A place where we can surf from cardboard box to dolphin fin by accepting the conditions – where there are moments of entropy and freedom, whether we are caged, enclosed or just beneath ourselves and our surroundings.”– PYL.
PYL is an international collective of artists who devise together in the field of postdramatic theatre, visual arts, sound and intermedia. Their practice explores the borders of anthropocentric perception in a dialog with objects and ironic attempts to grasp nonhuman agency. Through application of DIY methods, recycling and compilation principles, the group develops its own visual language, which extends the meanings of scenography far beyond the theatre stage. Their works shift cultural codes, contexts and origins of regular things, while transforming objects to beings and beings to objects. Sensitivity towards the dailiness, sharing moments and personal experiences in non-linear and playful ways transmit on the group’s associative approach on coworking process.
PYL: Světlana Silič, Maria Komarova, Anna Romanova, Theresa Schrezenmeir
Performers: Světlana Silič, Maria Komarova
Music: Theresa Schrezenmeir
Production: Judita Císařová, Motus, z.s., Alfred ve dvoře, Terén—Pole performativního umění
Thanks to: Sodja Zupanc-Lotker, Tomáš Procházka, Lukáš Jiřička, Andrey Dabrakou, Michal Mitro, CEDIT
Support: MOTUS, z.s, Terén—Field for performing arts, DAMU
Dates: Friday, 10. June 2022 – 8:00 pm, Saturday 11. June 2022 – 6:00 Uhr
Duration: 60 Minutes
Meeting point / Admission: TATWERK Berlin
Gewerbehof, Aufg. 1, 3. OG
12,00€ / reduced 7,00€ (plus advance booking fee) at www.tatwerk-berlin.de
Hygiene measures: For the safety of the audience and performers, we ask that you bring a daily negative corona test.