the lost ones

Vergil | Dante | Belaqua
unknown calligrapher (14th c.)

(C) Patrik Lechner

the lost ones

Installative Concert Performance (Performance / Musicians / Live-Video / Live Electronics)

The lost ones is an installative concert performance, a hybrid of music / sound / movement / video and tries an aesthetic transposition of a short prose text by Samuel Beckett (1970, orig. Le dépeupleur, dt. Der Verwaiser or in the English translation The lost ones).

In this short prose text, "the narrator" describes a dystopian social space, the barren interior of a cone, filled with busy, ambitious but also rigid "bodies", with clear rules and hierarchical processes - one could very simply speak of an allegory that shows in a strong condensed and abstract form the absurdity of a late (post-) capitalist world.

Descriptively, Beckett developed a social structure of end-time bodies, which are resigned or driven, determined by myths or religious / metaphysical ideas, looking for a mode of transgression, eliminating the need to carry on without meaning. One could also think about a step out of the constraints of a growth economy - conjured up as a natural law.

Starting from a performer on the floor who physically expresses the situational conditions of the text, a virtual image tableau is gradually developed, full of body-stories from Beckett's cone.

As Vergil leads Dante up the steep slope of the lower mountain, they hear the ironic voice of Belaqua nearby:
Dante Alighieri: Devine Comedy, Purgatorio 4.98-99)

Forse, che di sedere in pria avrai distretta!
Perhaps you will be obliged to sit before then!

Idea / Composition / Live Electronics: Marco Döttlinger
Live Video: Patrik Lechner
Performance / Choreography: Donald Beteille
Directed by Markus Grüner-Musil

NAMES - New Art and Music Ensemble Salzburg /

DURATION about 30 minutes
PERFORMANCE DATE March 04, 2021 / Aspekte Festival Salzburg 2021


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