In these hidden theatres, stories of solitude come to life, building memories through an exchange that is both intimate and stripped of aesthetic distance: a dialogue between two people. Once the night has come to an end, the spectators are driven back to the theatre and the hosts are left alone, giving way to a new, shared experience of solitude, colored both by the bustle of social life and the silence of isolation.
No one is free from solitude. It sneaks into our lives, threatening to unravel the group portraits and happy endings we always wish for. But no one is alone in their solitude either. We can share it, make stories of it, build something out of its silence together.
Solitude is a spectrum, and this project aims to explore its varying shades through a reconfiguration of theatrical space. By breaking down the safety of the crowd, the seal of isolation, as well as by rethinking the cast, actors, and stage typically occupied by a play, this project will seek to follow new paths in and out of solitude.
The host’s home will serve as the play’s decor, and its dialogue will be entirely improvised between a host and visiting spectator. Each of these twelve scenes will create a rare, improvised moment between an ensemble cast, working towards an unknown harmony like twelve choristers in a Greek tragedy. The stories they tell will be those borne by the meeting of strangers, alone together for the first time, in an invisible theatre spread across an entire city.
This play has never been realized. It was originally conceived for the 2018 Belluard Festival in Fribourg, Switzerland and was rejected.
Just like authors have unpublished novels in their drawers, every curator has exhibition ideas stashed away in secret folders on their MacBook Pro or scribbled in half-empty notebooks, from quiet performances to wild nights out and everything in between. In an effort to give old ideas new life, Random Institute regularly releases some of these failed or unrealized projects online. Some weren’t ripe yet, some were flat out rejected, and some just didn’t make any sense at all. But each of them brought us new ideas, and we hope they’ll find their home or catch some digital flâneur’s eye here on the world wide web.