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AN ETERNAL PIECE ON THE ART OF MANIPULATION – Ódauðlegt verk um stjórn og stjórnleysi


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ENGLISH:

An Eternal Piece on the Art of Manipulation
By
Steinunn Knútsdóttir in collaboration with the ensemble
Actors: Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir, Árni Pétur Guðjónsson, Lára Sveinsdóttir, Orri Huginn Ágústsson, Ólafur Steinn Ingunnarson, Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir.
Duration aprox. 45 minutes

The piece is an investigation into human nature. It is a template on the art of manipulation. It questions power structures and it questions the driving force of human society.

Synopsis:
An entertainer enters the space and starts his stand up, a story about how he got his driver license. A group of manipulators have an opinion on his performance and start to interfere. They push him around, make comments on his delivery, ask him questions and suggest the context of his story and at the same time make statements/words of wisdom in the microphone. Their interference gets more invasive until he is left completely humiliated without a will of his own, a mannequin in their hands.
The manipulators offer him a partner and start to play with them, “the game of life” putting words into their mouths and objects into their hands, suggesting different themes in a relationship between a man and a woman. The entertainer breaks free from the game and starts to dance the dance of freedom. He is joined by a converted manipulator that starts communicating with him where he is dancing, giving him positive remarks, starting every sentences on the words “it is so beautiful” the entertainer does not appreciate the interference and tries to silence the commentator but ends up killing her.
In come the manipulators and ask him to repent, recognize his weakness and ask forgiveness, which he does. The manipulators are not convinced and instruct him to repent in a certain manner, claiming they do not believe him etc. He feels defeated and in his desperation he calls out for help… and the help arrives.

ÍSLENSKA:

Ódauðlegt verk um stjórn og stjórnleysi
Eftir Steinunni Knútsdóttur í samvinnu við leikhópinn
Leikstjórn: Steinunn Knútsdóttir
Leikarar: Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir, Árni Pétur Guðjónsson, Lára Sveinsdóttir, Orri Huginn Ágústsson, Ólafur Steinn Ingunnarson, Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir.
Sýningartími  45 mínútur

Ódauðlegt verk um stjórn og stjórnleysi er handbók í hvernig maðurinn stjórnar og lætur að stjórn og um leið könnunarleiðangur inn í mannlegt eðli. er. Verkið leitar að hinum raunverulegu stjórnendum í lífi hins venjulega manns og veltir fyrir sér drifkrafti mannlegs samfélags og hugmyndina um frelsi og ófrelsi.  Skemmtikraftur byrjar atriði sitt en kemst lítt áfram þar sem hópur “baksætisbílstjóra” hafa skoðun á hvernig hann á að flytja atriðið. Truflanirnar boða bölvun eina þegar hópurinn hefur “leik lífsins” með hinum lánlausa leikara. Leikurinn endar óhjákvæmilega með hörmungum sem kalla á að guð komi úr vélinni.

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