Where do I end and where does the other person start? Can I be me if we are we? Physical street theatre about boundaries, limitlessness and the urge for boundaries. About adapting yourself to the other person with the risk of losing a little part of yourself…
Three people appear at a square, this new place apparently not familiar to them. They are about to meet each other, and therefor themselves. By relating to this new place and to each other, they start researching their personal space. Who are they, at this place? What is their spot? Where is the other? Who are they together? The three of them make a brave attempt to define their personal space. A space in which they can be autonomous.
The square transformes into territoria where tough choices need to be made. As one chooses for herself at the expense of the other, the other is choosing for the one despite herself. Or is there a middle ground? Groundless swings you up and down and makes you wonder: what will be left of me, of a group, or even countries, if boundaries are fading?
Just when the performers appeared to have found their spot, and balance was created between self and other, between personal and shared space, everything shifts around again.
Nothing stays the same and all the relations are turned on edge. Which roll is played by the spectator? Slowly, the performers and the audience merge, and fade away. Or did something change, nonetheless?
Troubamour and research
Troubamour creates engaged theatre in the open space. Her audience is always actively part of the performance; sometimes inevitable but never forced. During Groundless the performers research together with the audience the idea of personal en shared space. Our own being and the other person, I versus we. The performers create a poetic and physical language and bring images alive of universal and unspoken relations.
Groundless is about more than just your own boundaries. Nowadys it’s just as important to talk about the urge of being part of a collective, or adjusting to others to be able to live in another country. Europe is existing because of boundaries, but was born during the need for unity. Nationalism is popping up when boundaries are fading. What are these national frontiers meaning to us and to Europe: do we need our own ground to define our identity?
Acting: Anna van Veen, Marrit Bausch and Margit Odems
Director: Fabián Alfredo Santarciel de la Quintana