The Infinite Pleasures of the Great Unknown
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Jun
The provocative Dr Mabuse trilogy, made by Fritz Lang in the 1920-30s, was banned by the Nazis, before the filmmaker fled the country. It’s frightening, though unsurprising, that a work steeped in the terror of its time still resonates today.
Performer/choreographer Frank Bock and director/designer Simon Vincenzi have explored movement and image since 1995, though this piece promises to be one of their darkest. Producer Nicky Childs says of the piece: ‘Dr Mabuse is a psychiatrist by day, and is leading a plot to bring down the world through terror by night. Simon draws parallels to the current reign of terror, how our world is governed by the fear that something might happen. Also, King Lear, the tragedy of that play, and the chaos that ensues.’
Vincenzi has a background in art, so the design of the piece is as important as its performance. ‘It’s a filmic piece,’ says Childs. ‘The performers are watching the film while they are performing, and copying the actions. It does create a world of fear, where these two characters are pitched against each other.’ With a running time similar to one of Lang’s films, audiences will be free to view the work from different perspectives. ‘Although very physical, it has an installatory feel to it. The world starts outside the space, including the website that they’ve created. It’s carrying on the fiction, so you’re not sure what is reality and what is the show.’