Reactive performance installation
Based on Franz Kafka The Trial
Directed by Sebastian Sommer

“Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.”

In the centre of Franz Kafka's novel The Trial is the notion of control. K. is being arrested by an invisible and remote authority that never can be questioned or even reached. The decisions about K.'s life are made somewhere else but are always final and irrevocable. K. fights to get back control over his life or to even understand what he is accused of. The only answer he gets is that The Trial and the sentence are inescapable. However, The Trial never actually happens. K. gets so harassed by his futile efforts that he finally gives in to be executed – of his own 'free' will.

“With failing eyes K. could still see the two of them immediately before him, cheek leaning against cheek, watching the final act. 'Like a dog!' he said; it was as if the shame of it must outlive him.”

The performance K.ONTROL is based on Franz Kafka's novel The Trial and is set up as a reactive performance installation. Audience members are randomly chosen by a computer system to control the actors. By pushing buttons they trigger them to perform certain patterns: monologue, movement pattern, scene, chorus. The performance deals with questions of power and control over others, the feeling of not being able to influence anything and enforced conformity. It is also an exploration of the possibilities and limits of audience control in live performances.

K. : Louis Tait
Guard 1 : Liz Kirkman
Guard 2 : Daniel Emms

Director : Sebastian Sommer
Set and Costume Designer: Alice Hill
Media and Interactivity Designer: Amy Dilworth, Craig Hobern
Photos: Chelsea Adams

K.ONTROL is directed by Sebastian Sommer as part of his Master of Theatre Arts in Directing (MTA) at
Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University.

02 / 11 / 2009 : Monday : 7pm & 8pm
03 / 11 / 2009 : Tuesday : 12pm
04 / 11 / 2009 : Wednesday : 7pm

SEEyD space at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Rd : Newtown : Wellington
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