Nicola Unger [Netherlands]

“Phantom Story”

13 and 14 May at 9.30pm (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Portuguese premiere

Ideia, video, drawings, performer: Nicola Unger Advisor: Duro Toomato Sound and voice: Jonathan F. Brown Co-production: Plateaux Festival Mousonturm Frankfurt, Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Zeebelt den Haag Supports: Goethe Institut the Niederlands Technique: projections, shadows and paper cut-outs Público-alvo: +16 Running time: Aprox. 50 min. Language: English Limited audience


“One does not choose to be a revolutionary, the revolution chooses you.”
- Ilich Ramirez Sánchez - Carlos, o Chacal

A solo performance about terror and fate based on a real story and re-enacted on a miniature stage using paper cutouts, projected animations and shadows. The story of a woman who almost crossed paths with the famous terrorist Carlos in the 70s, and for years was mistakenly taken for a terrorist. She was heading with her boyfriend to a party, at which Carlos had just killed three policemen. She was arrested, interrogated for a week and extradited from France. Ironically she never even saw Carlos in person. “Revolution not only chooses the revolutionaries, but also the victims. Carlos is Bin Laden. I could have been that woman, or the guy who passed on his simcard to a terrorist could have been that woman, or the Brazilian who got shot in the tube.” Phantom Story is an immortal story…

In the perception of this woman it seem this incident of being under suspect has changed her life dramatically or at least closed off a couple of options in her life. She says she suffers a trauma from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Life treated her like a puppet, coincidence placed her on the game board at a very bad spot, while others moved on…

The audience experiences two layers of the piece: the projection and the events on one table. Together they create a mesmerizing atmosphere/effect of an optical trick, events become rather ungraspable. Phantomesque. Visual confusion: what are we looking at? What is real?

Prizes: Winner Sonderpreis Hessische Theatertage 2009 e Audience Prize International Animation & Puppetry Warsaw 2012

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Nicola Unger studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen and at the Art School DasArts in Amsterdam. Nicola Unger enjoys being an autodidact and suffers from having to do everything herself. She taught herself graphic and audio programs; she publishes her own comics and collects them. In her theatre pieces she emphasizes visual aspects and in general finds more inspiration in the visual arts. Often those works blur the border between the two art forms. She is interested in issues that have to do with technology in everyday life, (optical) illusions, the horizon of human consciousness, fate, history. Further she experiments with different media: Installations, videos and drawings. Her projects have been show at the Productiehuis Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Zeebelt Den Haag, Vooruit Gent, HAU Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, La Porta Barcelona and have been supported by the Goethe Institute.

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