Narrstreck

 

 

Pranks in The Moonlight  – 月光下的恶作剧

 

 

“Clouds scurry across the sky. Then shadows darken the Earth. This is the night when things will happen …”.
 

When day has turned to night,

at the rising of the moon

we see the world

anew. Contours, silhouettes, patterns ...

indicative yet indistinct, indeterminate,

clouds scurry across the sky.

Then shadows darken the Earth.

This is the night when things will happen!

 

 

夜幕降临,月亮升起时,
在我们的视野中,世界变了样。
轮廓、剪影、图案……
具有象征性却模糊不定,
云在空中匆匆飘过,
洒下的影子笼罩大地
夜晚到了,多事之秋降临了。

 

“Dolls” is perhaps the word some people may choose to describe the nine actors in my theatre. I myself call them performers. Otherwise I think I prefer the term marionettes; puppet theatre characters is not really the correct term either, as it is glove puppets that are most commonly used in a puppet theatre. But the most serious objection I have to the term “dolls” is that it implies something you play with, playthings whose sole purpose is mere amusement.

Calling them marionettes enhances the importance of these figures. Admittedly, there is no getting away from the fact that they are indeed “dolls” – figurines used for entertainment – but first and foremost they are artists performing in a play. Someone pulls their strings, guides their movements, controls their lives. By making this distinction, I am also making the point that I am investing part of my life in work that is deadly serious, even when it is fun. This is not child’s play.

 

或许,有些人会把我剧院里面的九个演员戏称为“玩偶”。而我自己则称他们为“表演者”。我甚至喜欢使用“牵线木偶”来描述他们;虽然“木偶剧演员”这种称呼其实并不太贴切,因为木偶剧院里使用的的木偶大多是手套木偶。但是,我反对使用“玩偶”这个称呼的最重要原因是这个词意味着他们是被把玩的东西,也就是别人的玩物,仅仅供人消遣。如果称其为牵线木偶则增加了他们几个作为雕塑作品的重要性。固然,他们的确是“玩偶”——做娱乐之用——但是首先他们是在剧场中进行表演的演员。有人在幕后操纵,指引其动作,控制其生命。通过这样区分,我同时强调自己把生命的一部分用于制作极其严肃的作品,即使作品看起来搞笑。这可不是小孩子的游戏!

Photos from Pranks in The Moonlight, recently exhibited at The Röhsska museum's (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Röhsska museet -Narrstreck i Månsken

 

Röhsska museet -Narrstreck i Månsken

 

 

 

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