A work in the engine room of assaulted perception. Four women* whose speaking suggests a clinical narrative space, but whom we see in a weight room. A work with dumbbells and choral martial arts choreographies, always adapted to the rhythm of speech. Until the language is subjugated by the body.
Luca, Carla, Linn - they are heterosexual, they are homosexual, they have cis bodies, they have trans bodies, they meet in the machine room of the psyche. They lift weights, they eat too much or too little, they have serious neuroses, they envy each other's diagnoses, the buffet is good, the air alpine or maritime, but the towels of the private patients seem a bit fluffier than theirs. They are in motion, always in motion, they fight, they box, they kick, always driven by the trainer. A character that obviously has its own struggles. Because: how is violence spoken about when even those affected hardly take it seriously. Violence that infiltrates all spaces of retreat, because it attacks not only the body, but especially the structures of perception, because the social structures still trivialise violence against women*. Central to this remains the question of what we remember. How much we can trust our memory and what is actually the material that forms the narrative of our lives.
And what is it actually, this so-called outside? Each protagonist sees something different through the large windows of the clinic. Outside, that's alternately utopia and dystopia, and sometimes just a suburban intersection with a broken traffic light.
Glow in the Dark searches for love as a utopian moment. Love as a counter fever, as an obsession, love as an escapist intoxication in which one meets one another or flees from oneself without the distinction being important.
But love is also a vulnerable space, of course. And the lovers are even less sure of themselves than of their loved ones: "A foreign body in my bed, or is that possibly me, with a shiny sky too and now we're sitting here so cruelly. So queer, so butch, so unicorn, does it really have to be like this?”
Glow in the Dark
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