Visually arresting and psychologically absorbing, Dissolved allows performers and audiences in different parts of the world to merge and occupy each other, in a doubled space that is half there, half not there. Using video streaming in a way far removed from Skype calls and video conferencing, the space created is complex, ambiguous and beguiling. A door opens wide in one space as it slams shut in another. A wall both exists and doesn’t, putting up an invisible barrier. People and objects find they are both one thing and another, sometimes dissolving together to make a third, in a meditation on the instability of culture and identity.
The piece connected two venues, Beaconsfield in London and the Sophiensaele in Berlin, in a collaboration between Station House Opera and Berlin-based artists Florian Feigl and Christopher Hewitt.
Developed through an AHRC Fellowship at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and British Council and by Haupstadtkulturfonds/HKF.
Dissolved is the first of a series of works researching spaces in which performers and audiences in different parts of the world are drawn to an awareness of the other as being present in their absence.