The Tiger Garden
Technology as a sensual partner
THE TIGER GARDEN is a play about the confrontation between the mental and the physical. It's based on chance and choice - instigated by computer programming.
The Garden is the structure and the Tiger is the Game. The game is real in this piece, all players choose and the computer and director respond. The flow of the piece is non-linear and can be presented in many different forms. There are 12 scenes of prepared performance material that exist in combinations that are both aesthetically and randomly chosen. There are rules that are both logical and illogical, fair and unfair. This makes for only one surety in the performance; it will be both the same and different each night.
IN THE TIGER GARDEN
everyone participates according to the game's rules, with choice and
consequence as a motivational factor. Conflict plays itself out in the
zone between the virtual and the real, where the individual player's
desire to create and form what happens is the prime motor for the game
itself. The game then reflects the player's own relationship to a given
system and its closest environment; in this case: other players, the
public and the electric brain; where the system and rules are laid down
and from where, to a small degree, they are decided.
Kathy Acker's work presents a fantasmagoric dreamworld overlapping and sometimes violently intersecting realities. It has been clear to us since the beginning that technology would be a powerful tool with which to present this reality. An underlying intent has been to work in unison with the technology, allowing it a vital and interlocking place in terms of both aesthetics and structure.The amalgamation of live action and specially developed video and sound programmes allows the music and video to operate as playful partners in the performance as a whole. The performance could not exist without this partnership.
PLAYERS: Hanne Dieserud,
Fredrik Hannestad, Saila Hyttinen.
The TIGER GARDEN
was premiered at Black Box Theatre in sept. 2000 and has been supported
and funded by: