How To Exit A Reality (Attempt 1 of 19) is a collaboration with the moon, based on the Metonic cycle: a cycle where the moon returns to exactly the same place in the night sky and against the same backdrop of the stars every 19 years. For the performance Tilt have collected night-time dreams, memories, scientific models, moon rituals and SF fiction, all relating to the moon, spanning from the distant past to the deep-time future. The two performers take the audience on a journey through these different realities merging them with the architectural space of the theatre.
The performance is based on the escape room principle: we are looking for an exit but every time we find one, we end up in another reality. The two performers apply dream logic and gameplay to the world, approaching it as an existential virtual game – one that we can navigate, change, shift and play, or attempt to exit its logic. Every exit we take brings us to yet another reality – until even the space here and now becomes yet another fluid fiction.
The light design aimed to make use of the elements present in the theatre space to allude to and create the atmosphere of the many different locations described by the performers, without representing them. Thereby giving space for the imagination of the public.
With How To Exit A Reality (Attempt 1 of 19), Andrea Božić and Julia Willms manage to contemplate on the concept of reality in a fascinating, alienating and meditative way. In doing so, they showcase the power of theater and imagination, ending with a pun: how can you escape the theatre? Theaterkrant Critic's Choice
To enhance the imagination of the gymnasium, colorful lines have been applied to the floor with tape and a brightly lit rectangular panel serves as a doorway into grandma's house. The light changes color and direction when the performers enter another room. Furthermore, the stage image remains bare and empty, so that we cannot forget the reality of the theater at any time.
Concept: Andrea Bozic / Julia Willms / Billy Mullaney
Choreografie: Andrea Bozic / Julia Willm
Stage: Tery Zezelj
Decor: Andrea Bozic / Julia Willms
Videoinstallatie: Andrea Bozic / Julia Willms
Licht: Vinny Jones
Geluid: Robert Pravda
Fotos: Thomas Lenden
Premier 28/10/21 Spring Festival, Utrecht, NL