Amsterdam~DAI~family: please do not miss out on Itziar Okariz’s performance Chapter 2 V.W. which sees her undertake the repeated reading of a passage from Virginia Woolf’s seminal work A Room of One's Own. On Friday 2 December, 2022 Martha Jager (DAI, 2016) and Isabelle Sully (DAI, 2017) are hosting the third event of their platform Playbill, featuring this incredible artist who happens to be a DAI ~ If I Can't Dance ~ Bulegoa z/b friend and was our guest tutor in 2016.
Over the course of roughly thirty minutes, Okariz will present this work from 2012, performing something akin to live editing, whereby the first concept or word of the passage is subtracted in each recitation until the text completely disappears.
𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳 2 𝘝.𝘞. first arose following an invitation to comment on a fragment from Woolf’s essay, and in this particular fragment Woolf describes a landscape that shrinks with each repetition until it disappears. Each recitation of the fragment by Okariz underlines a different element in the text, drawing the audience’s awareness to every component, right down to the smallest unit of meaning.
Based off two lectures Woolf delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, both women's colleges at the University of Cambridge, the performative aspect of the spoken word—one often lost now that the essay is rendered in print—is also repeated here, taking Woolf’s writing off the page and staging it for another attentive audience ninety-three years later. For Okariz, this work sits within a larger practice committed to questioning the rules of language. It also sees Playbill engage with a more overtly literary work, one that draws on Torpedo Theater’s own programming with the literary and spoken word communities of Amsterdam and beyond.
Please note that Torpedo Theater has a capacity of thirty seats and we unfortunately won't be able to welcome people without tickets and/or sell tickets at the door. The intimacy of the small audience is an inherent part of the setting.
𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗹: 𝗔𝗰𝘁 𝗜𝗜𝗜: 𝗜𝘁𝘇𝗶𝗮𝗿 𝗢𝗸𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘇
𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮, 𝗱𝗼𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝟴𝗽𝗺
𝗧𝗼𝗿𝗽𝗲𝗱𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝗔𝗺𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗺