Performer Sylvia Rimat follows the aspirational and possibly impossible goal to present a show never to be forgotten by its audience members – not a single one. By introducing memory tasks and techniques and applying them to the stage situation, the audience is systematically trained to remember – hopefully forever.

I guess if the stage exploded… draws on presence and sight, on what happens in our brain when we create memories, and our urge to be commemorated.
Rimat will be joined by several performers from around the world who support her mission live via skype and by a living Eagle Owl.

The show was developed in consultation with specialists from Bristol Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Hypnotherapy and the Centre for Death and Society in Bath, to get advise on how the performance could be remembered and to find out more about the desire of many of us, to be remembered.

Rimat be accompanied, via Skype, by different artists around the world who support her cause and an owl.

Sylvia Rimat is a performer and dancer who creates original performances with a touch of surrealism. Characterized by the playful interaction with the public and a powerful visual aesthetics, her work is awareness, personal stories and imagination. Rimat has largely turned in the UK, Europe and Australia and the British Council defines as “Britain’s answer to Miranda July”.

Concept + performance: Sylvia Rimat

Outside eye: Rhiannon Chaloner

External skype performers: Birgit Binder, Andrés Galeano, Malcolm Whittaker & Georgie Meagher
Lampshade Choreography: Kate Ashman

Stage management: Hannah Sullivan

Sound support: Charles Poulet

Sound extracts: From interviews with Dr. Matt Jones (Bristol neuroscience), Dr. Christopher Kent (experimental psychology/ University of Bristol), Dr. John Troyer (Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath), Sam Langley (Hypnotherapy)

Duration: 60 minutes

Commissioned by SPILL Festival 2011 at the Barbican, London. Supported by Arts Council England, ICIA Bath and In Between Time



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