In this motion-picture performance that takes place on a two-dimensional screen, the audience is given headphones and taken on a journey to the Ukrainian harbour city of Odessa.
Odessa, a city much like any other, where atom bombs are traded at the local bazaar and where lovers meet at the police station. Is it in the EU or in China?
A young man, perhaps Vladimir Nabokov, perhaps our guide, is passing through. He is seen in real-time on the street outside the venue, on screen and, very briefly, on stage. He observes, laughs and longs for his muse Tamara.
Real-life stories based on interviews with the people of Odessa are intertwined with the writings of Nabokov to create a new self-understanding.
Through the 3D sound-scape heard only through the headphones, the audience’s perception of 2 and 3D are challenged. Perception and reality are set in relief.
What is reality? Reality is an infinite succession of steps, levels of perception, false bottoms, and hence unattainable.
– Vladimir Nabokov
Duration 72 min. no intermission