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"REVOX - A Tale of Phantoms"

-> international press about
Paul Stiller

A Collectif barbare / Theater Tuchlaube / Theater Winkelwiese Zurich

A performance without a live performer

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

The spectators settle in and put on a set of headphones. Soon they hear a voice, a narrator.

She seems to be speaking from behind the audience. If you turn around, you can see a table with a microphone, a lit desk lamp, a bottle of water and a glass, and the core of an apple precisely where you locate her voice.... But there's no body to be seen.

"REVOX - A Tale of Phantoms" experiments with the hyper-realistic quality of binaural microphones, building acoustic illusions and playing with our auditory perception.

Trailer: (3D-audio, please put your earphones)

Documentation: (3D-audio, please put your earphones)

Soon this narrator begins to recount the story of Paul Stiller, the famous audio engineer of the last century who reigned over the world of cinematic sound production for nearly fifty years.

One evening, while 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 of his tapes in the hopes of discovering the same phenomenon. And not only does he succeed, he also discovers fragments of his wife's voice, a voice he hasn’t heard since her mysterious disappearance 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 follow her movements precisely - but there still 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?

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
voices: Isabelle Menke, Irina Ungureanu
with the kind participation of: Eva M. K. Keller, Barbara Holliger, Eqbal Nabizada, Zoë Suter, Noah Suter und Bernhard Wagner
in order to create acoustic illusions and play with our auditory perception.


Shows 2019

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 


Shows 2020

Basel Gare du Nord
Bahnhof für Neue Musik

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

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


*in French


TOJO Theater

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

tickets: / 079 628 33 48


Bern TOJO Theater

Friday, December 11th 2020 20:30
Saturday, December 12th 2020 20:30
Sunday, December 13th 2020 19:00

tickets: / 079 628 33 48


Shows 2021

Basel Gare du Nord
Bahnhof für Neue Musik

Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 17:00
Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 20:00
Wednesday, March 24th 2021 18:30 Weiterbildung "Tischgespräch Neue Musik"
Wednesday, March 24th 2021 20:00