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2019/2020: "REVOX - A Tale of Phantoms"

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A Tale of Phantoms

a film noir for the ears within a light and sound installation

concept and text: Astride Schlaefli
sound and stage scenery: Christian Kuntner
light: Michael Omlin
machinery: David Merz.
dramaturgy: Natania Prezant
music and arrangements: Anna Trauffer, Astride Schlaefli

voice: Isabelle Menke

with the kind participation of: Eva M. K. Keller, Barbara Holliger, Eqbal Nabizada, Zoë Suter, Noah Suter und Bernhard Wagner

Coproduction Collectif barbare with Tuchlaube Theater Aarau and Winkelwiese Theater Zurich

On stage, a living room. In the middle, back to the audience, a rocking chair. To its left a "Revox", and behind it, a sofa.

The spectators settle in and put on their earphones. Soon they hear a voice, a narrator. She seems to be speaking from behind the audience. There is a table with a microphone, a lit desk lamp, a bottle of water and a glass, and the core of an apple precisely where we locate her voice.... Except there's no one there.

The narrator begins telling the story of Paul Stiller, the famous audio engineer of the last century who ruled the world of cinematic sound production for nearly fifty years.

One evening, while he was religiously listening to one of his old recordings, he comes across a curious instant of silence. Fascinated, he begins to dig through his archives and listen to all his tapes in the hopes of discovering the same phenomenon. And not only does he succeed, but he also discovers fragments of his wife's voice, who mysteriously disappeared 30 years ago.

Suddenly the set comes to life. The watch starts ticking, the phone rings, the rocking chair quivers. The narrator gets up and walks on stage. We follow her footsteps; she walks across the living room set, sits on the sofa and lights a lamp. The spectators can follow her movements precisely - but still there is no one to be seen.
Is she a ghost? Or could she be Stiller's final masterpiece? Had he accomplished a frankensteinian feat, giving life to a being which only exists acoustically? Who is she, what has she done with Stiller, and who's sitting in the rocking chair?

REVOX experiments with the hyper-realistic quality of binaural microphones in order to create acoustic illusions and play with our auditory perception.

Shows 2019 / 2020:

Aarau Theater Tuchlaube

Wednesday, October 30th 2019 20:15 Première
Friday, November 1st 2019 20:15
Saturday, November 2nd 2019 20:15
Sunday, November 3rd 2019 20:15

tickets: / T 062 834 10 34


Zürich Winkelwiese Theater

Thursday, November 21st 2019 20:00
Friday, November 22nd 2019 20:00
Saturday, November 23rd 2019 20:00

tickets: www. / T 044 261 21 79 


Basel Gare du Nord
Bahnhof für Neue Musik

Tuesday, March 17th 2020 17:00 *
Tuesday, March 17th 2020 20:00

Wednesday. March 18th 2020 18:30 Weiterbildung "Tischgespräch Neue Musik"
Wednesday. March 18th 2020 20:00


*in French


Bern TOJO Theater

Friday, April 24th 2020 20:30
Saturday, April 25th 2020 20:30
Sunday, April 26th 2020 19:00

tickets: / 079 628 33 48