In Why is it so dark? ON AIR performers and technicians find that their own situation is much like the weather: it cannot be trusted.
In a script edited and reassembled by Frauke Havemann, the dark humor of writer Mark Johnson is combined with tropes and formulas from film and television, call-in radio shows, weather reports and musicals. Overlapping radio play, performance and theater, Why is it so dark? traverses studios, storm zones, wastelands and spaceships, jeopardizing all connections.
A radio host disappears, storm chasers interrupt, a technician merges with the technology. Lonely voices from the wilderness, a comic figure threatened by extinction, a sympathetic storyteller—all of them are playing a game in which each one is trying to figure out the rules. But who rules the game? Who is playing with whom? Is someone controlling the weather? Or is the weather controlling us? The lights go out, the roar of a whirlwind remains. Anything can happen.
(…) From a script by Mark Johnson, onetime choreographer Frauke Havemann has here constructed a narrative maze. The heads of the performers, sculptural, imposing, fading in the darkness. Because sometimes the projected images separate from the live performance, this also creates a narrative space where the familiar unity of time and space lapses. Even as a spectator one stumbles into a meditation on the question of darkness. „Why is it so dark?“ is a subtle project for thinking astronauts. (Tom Mustorph, zitty Berlin)
With: Priscilla Bergey, Jonas Büchler, Erik Hansen, Eric Schefter and Neal Wach
Concept, Script Collaboration and Direction: Frauke Havemann
Video: Eric Schefter and Frauke Havemann
Concept and Assistant Direction: Miriam Grossmann
Dialogue and Script Collaboration: Mark Johnson
Funded by the Senate Chancellery Cultural Affairs , Berlin.