Telling Stories
A version for three
3 protagonists, 1 space, a few common objects of reference and a multitude of perspectives over-layered one, on top of the other, on top of another, on top of a completely different other one. In a manner that resembles the experience of psychoanalysis in which the deeper unconscious meanings are contained in the flow and disruptions of free associations, Telling Stories, a version for three unfolds through a cubist-kind of choreography, in which things could mean many different things to many different people. It is a sort of a puzzle where the detail and the whole do not keep a steady relationship of proportion, where it is the inter-relations which actually govern the evolution of things, and where the internal situation keeps referring indirectly to an external one. The configuration keeps on shifting in front of one’s eyes, revealing protagonists, objects, relationships, sounds and images, all together forming a whole that escapes and exceeds us, a hybrid made of both reality and fiction, space and flesh, presence and absence, invisibility and concrete matter… Telling Stories wants to place the role of the receiver/perceiver in the centre and to celebrate the richness of possible inputs to be embodied on stage. It wants to allow opposing, colliding experiences to emerge so that the spectator would have to negotiate the interpretation of things and not be able to see them as binary - to allow a moment of suspension between the instant of perception and the one of concluding what it could actually mean in order unfold a fantastic, multifaceted theatrical experience.
Telling Stories, a version for three is an adaptation of the work Telling Stories, originally conceived for seven performers, created in 2015 with the Koln based MichaelDouglas Kollektiv which premiered at the Mousonturm Theatre in Frankfurt, Germany. A first adaptation for three students of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts was made in 2019.

LIVESTREAM on January 8th 2021, at 20h from Frankfurt LAB

Conceived & Choreographed by Fabrice Mazliah

Performed by Katja Cheraneva, Susanne Grau, Tilman O’Donnell
Dramaturgical assistance to original version: May Zarhy
Sound composition by Johannes Helberger | kling klang klong,
performed by Lugh O'Neill.
Light concept of original version: Harry Schulz
Technical Direction / light creation of the version for three: Matthias Rieker Costumes: Anne-Marie Miene
Production management: Johanna Milz
Livestreaming: SeehundMedia
Extra-Kamera: Mariana Brzostowski

Production: MAMAZA and MichaelDouglas Kollektiv
Co-production: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

The original work is a production by MAMAZA and MichaelDouglas Kollektiv
Co-production: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Funded by: Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, Kunststiftung nrw, Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.
Made possible by Tanzlabor 21 / Tanzbasis Frankfurt Rhein-Main.

Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.

TELLING STORIES – a version for three is co-produced by Work of Act and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.