A hotel room, at the centre of which sits a king-size bed, surrounded by blue panelling and floral upholstery: that’s the decor of Christoph Marthaler’s «King Size». In the intimacy of this room, a man and a woman – accompanied by an older woman – strike up with an eclectic musical repertoire. Using both sound and action, they create a combination of different tonalities and enharmonics, resulting in an overall heterogeneous sound. A man styling his hair although he is bald, an old woman flaunting her senility, pop songs carried by lyrical voices: with «King Size», Marthaler gives music the lead, and in doing so, creates a whimsical show full of tenderness and melancholy.
«King Size» plays at MITsp Festival on 3, 4 and 6 March.
«Hamlet» by Boris Nikitin is not a retelling of Shakespeare’s play but uses his material as a mask with which to reflect on identity, individuality, delusion and reality. In a mixture of experimental documentary performance and queer music-theatre, the performer and electro-musician Julian Meding takes on the role of a contemporary Hamlet rebelling against reality. Supported by a Brazilian string quartet, Meding embarks on a tour de force, in which he reveals himself, his body and his biography to the eyes of the audience.