by réaltympanica (Ioana Păun, Renata Gaspar and Robert Redmer)
a staged reading directed by Ana Mărgineanu
a German that struggles to obtain British citizenship,
a Portuguese that wants to leave the country,
a Romanian that has just arrived in London, and works as a baby sitter.
They all have something in common: doing their laundry in the same place.
Connection Failed shifts from one character to another, jumping inside their thoughts, obsessions, fears, soundscapes, flashbacks, dialects and automatisms. The play explores how social awareness and prejudice operate within society, generating friction and distortion. The audience witnesses how three people, without even talking to each other, move within 30 minutes from passive daydreaming to gestures of revenge and punishment. They observe the complex inner processes that lie behind each movement and action: placing gum under a bench, pretending to write a text message, looking out the window or throwing a bottle of conditioner on someone’s clean clothes.
The play was conceived by Ioana Păun, Renata Gaspar and Robert Redmer, and originally performed in 2009 as a live sound art piece in the framework of the Surge Festival at Goldsmiths College in London. It enjoyed an impressive reception and had a sequel project, X Street, which focused on the social and sound landscape and lifestyle implications of the 2012 Olympic Games reconstruction plans in the Hackney area, East London. The three performance artists gathered in a collective called réaltympanica.
“When working on the script we always had in mind the language and medium of the piece. We wrote everything knowing the specificity of the launderette, its details, functions, smells and social reality. The inside thoughts of each characters are based on our personal experience and way of thinking. We provoked ourselves to objectively observe how thoughts get built in our mind, the resources that we use, the outside elements that trigger our thoughts. We tried to replace as much as possible the words with sonic equivalents, in order to embody the fast and intimate mental activity in a more sensorial way.” – Ioana Paun
Join us for the performative reading of this unusual play featuring actors Amy Dannenmueller, Candace Scholz, Aaron Schroeder and Eric Tuller. The staged reading is directed by Ana Margineanu, continuing the "Reading the Tea Leaves" series dedicated to performative presentations of Romanian contemporary writing.
Ioana Păun, born 1984, is a theatre director and performance artist based in Bucharest, member of the réaltympanica site-specific collective and Romanian based tangaProject theatre group. She graduated the MA program at Goldsmiths College in London and UNATC in Bucharest. Ioana’s latest work is revolving around public space and social dynamics, that she explores and represents using everyday culture resources: trenSformers (creative interventions in Romanian trains, documenting regional perceptions), X Street (headphone live art piece where the audience, driven in a minibus through the London 2012 Olympics neighborhood, penetrate in private places through sound) or L-V:8-16 (a show based on the collective experiences of her generation from the ‘90s onward). She is also interested in teenage culture in Romania and is currently devising two high school projects with other Romanian young artists. She is currently working with réaltympanica on a video live streaming project, creating site specific reconstructions of different European realities in a foreign country. The project has a pilot phase in Pécs, Hungary, during Europe Mania Festival.
[Image from the original production Rex Launderette - Peckham, London, 2009]