She is present, but can no longer focus her thoughts. the exact position of things explores the disorientation of a woman who no longer remembers her own name. She survives by clinging to familiar rituals. The performance explores a constant loss of grip on reality. Words lead a life of their own, the search for meaning is in vain. Actions are repeated and the slightest change exposed.
the exact position of things is a dark performance with no centre, always moving forward into the next moment. Reminiscent of work by Beckett, it is not only existentialist and probing but also liberating. The question Beutler poses: can the loss of all knowledge bring freedom? With subtle humour, she leads the audience into the inner world of a person with Alzheimer’s, where the familiar becomes alien, and the alien appears familiar.
This Nicole Beutler classic from 2005 marks the origin of the distinctive signature of this ‘visual artist in theatre’. The delicate dissection, the ‘looping and scratching’ of images, movement, language and light began with this performance. the exact position of things was nominated for the BNG Theatre Makers’ Award and named by theatre magazine TM as one of the best dance pieces of the season. In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Nicole Beutler Projects, the performance returns to the stage with the original cast.
premiere 2005 / remake 2019
concept/choreography Nicole Beutler made in collaborations with the performers Hester van Hasselt, Esther Snelder music Gary Shepherd, Wouter Snoei lighting design Minna Tiikkainen dramaturgy Robert Steijn, Igor Dobricic book design Connie Nijman photography Nicole Beutler drawing Nicola Unger production Nannete Danckaarts PR photography Anja Beutler Thanks to Uta Eisenreich, Felix Ritter, Paz Rojo, Yriänä Ranka Coproducers 2005 LISA, Springdance Festival Coproducer for the remake 2019 Theater Malpertuis Supported by FAPK (Den Haag), VSB-Fonds acquisition & tour planning Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi
The exact position of things premieres on Thu 14 nov 2019