A general assembly of the members of Monte Verità. Including the welcome address by the president, the reading of the statutes, the cashier’s report… And an ambiguous relationship with the spectators: they are treated as fellow members by the actors.
The commemoration of those missing is punctuated by an incongruous slide show, funny or bitter texts mix with the pathos of Strauss’ last Lieder, and short films add a poetic or absurd touch to the despair of the characters confronted with their own disillusionment.
The audience slowly but surely spirals into a world of nostalgic memories, dreams and nightmares.
CONCEPT, DIRECTION, SOUND, VIDEO Astride Schlaefli
WITH Raphael Traub, Erwin Hurni, Marisol Schalit, Anna Trauffer, Julia Grossniklaus
PHOTOGRAPHY Fabrice Nobs