Leatherback, take 3 is based on a screenplay by Mark Johnson that switches radically between various film genres while linking them together through overarching themes. Science fiction meets horror, original dialogue blends with quotation.
Leatherback, take 3 takes place on a remote tropical island. A hunter who calls himself Beholdthiscompost is searching for his missing wife. After encountering a group of secretive scientists, he finds himself drawn into a nightmarish cycle. His natural surroundings are in a state of rapid transition. The food chain is undergoing hazardous shifts. Like cartoon heroes in a desperate search for something to grasp onto, the characters embark on a life and death struggle in a reality full of riddles.
The performance of Leatherback, take 3 is simultaneously a live film. Scenes are transmitted though various audio and video outlets arranged throughout the room. The interaction between the actor and the video technician comes to determine the rhythm and tempo of the action. The performance situation becomes a real-time final cut, a play of mistakes and gaps, of expectation, perfection and awkwardness. The result is an intricate web of visual and non-visual elements.
(…)the formal arrangement that Havemann, Wach, and the man on the video mixer, Eric Schefter, have developed is captivating. Mainly only Wach’s head or parts of his face are visible. Through changing background colors and lighting effects on his face (sometimes brightly lit, sometimes emerging from darkness or just in silhouette), very different moods are created in which one gladly immerses oneself. Moreover, Wach’s precise and virtuoso facial expressions ignite a ‘theater-in-the-viewer’s-head’. Chills created through very minimal means.” (Tom Mustroph, ND)
Performer: Sabine Hertling und Johannes Hupka
Direction: Video and Text Montage: Frauke Havemann
Video, Live Edit: Eric Schefter
Writer: Mark Johnson
Co-production with Junges Theater /Schwankhalle Bremen