rotozaza's micro / autoteatro work

ETIQUETTE


You can see a New York Times VIDEO on Etiquette, here.


The piece now exists in English (original and Ghanaian versions), Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Slovene, Hungarian, Polish, Welsh, Croatian and Czech. You can ask for any of these versions wherever it's happening. Full credit info on all versions here. Info in other languages here.


If you are a cafe or organisation interested in hosting Etiquette, please contact us here.


more photos / reviews here


"gripping... If the line between audience and performer seems blurred, Rotozaza’s 'Etiquette' erases it entirely."


- New York Times / International Herald Tribune - read full article here

Etiquette is a half-hour experience for two people in a public space. There is no-one watching - other people in the cafe or bar are not aware of it. You wear headphones which tell you what to say to each other, or to use one of the objects positioned to the side. There is a kind of magic involved - for it to work you just need to listen and respond accordingly. Some say it's good to do this with someone you know, someone to share this with. Others say it works well with a stranger.


Etiquette exposes human communication at both its rawest and most delicate and explores the difficulty of turning our thoughts into words we can trust. A young girl and an old man lead the participants into several micro-situations, often borrowed from film or theatre, wherein the private worlds shared between two people split and reform incessantly.


Following their innovative stage works (Doublethink, Five in the Morning) involving instructions to unrehearsed performers, Rotozaza here invite the audience to try it themselves. Etiquette offers the fantasy of speaking with someone without having to plan what you say, and the resulting thrill of disowning responsibility in a performance situation. Conversation is shown to be a kind of theatre whereby 'audience' and 'actor' roles are imperceptibly assumed and exchanged.


Full credit info on all versions here.


PRESS PHOTOS - UPDATED > (20mb, zip file)

funded by Arts Council England


    
   

 

I experienced a theater production at New York’s Under the Radar Festival that completely changed my perspective on what theater could be. It was an experience that shifted my sense of place and elevated my sense of the everyday. It was an experience that lingered with me for years...


- Angela Mattox, curator of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, on Etiquette













“I shall transmit the words as received, by the ear, or roared through a trumpet into the arsehole, in all their purity, and in the same order, as far as possible. This infinitesimal lag, between arrival and departure, this trifling delay in evacuation, is all I have to worry about.”


(Samuel Beckett, The Unnameable)


Etiquette in Buenos Aires, photo Nicolas Goldberg