Three Rooms (2017)
Performance; skype, internet, text, colored gaff tape, computer, webcam.
Performed London, Arcola Theater, Shubbak Festival. July 2017.
Artists Hatem Hadawe, Amal Omran, Kathryn Hamilton. With Onur Karaoglu and Deniz Buga.
Three Rooms is a live-skype-film that takes place in three locations simultaneously. Research and document-based, the piece reconstructs a skype call between three friends who used to live in Istanbul, but who are now, because of geopolitical circumstances, unable to be within the same national borders at the same time.
Originally the trio were planning to stage a play, but the changing political landscape meant that two of the performers couldn’t get visas. Refusing to replace those unable to travel, they began to experiment with ways of working that could overcome the physical restrictions, creating a new kind of live-ness for this new world.
Three Rooms invites the audience into the quiet intimacies of daily life when you are essentially confined to your room – making tea, reading books, smoking cigarettes while watching the seagulls over Istanbul roof-tops, or watching the grey clouds over the Paris suburbs. It gestures towards the irreplaceability of people, and the impossibility of representing their experience without them.
Performance(s) Between Two Shores is supported by the European Commission. In partnership with: Les Bancs Publics – Festival Les Rencontres à l’échelle (FR), BOZAR (BE), Dancing on the edge (NL), Globalize: Cologne platform for dance & theater (DE), SEE Foundation (SE) – D-CAF Festival (EG).