During the process of creation, the big working group was divided into several smaller groups with specific tasks. The division into groups made it possible to work intensively with certain topics. At the same time, they were fluid, and members could move between the groups. Below you will find a listing of the main topics and how each group handled the tasks:
Development of a dramaturgical timeline:
The timeline group took a close look at the organized material and designated turning points in the highly speculative narratives that emerged during the 3 hours of uncertainty on the afternoon of 22/7/2011. The task was to complete and analyze a visible timeline as well as closing in on the dramaturgy behind the events.
Several groups met for discussing and working on textes by Giorgio Agamben, Carl Schmitt and Klaus Theweleit. The team tried to focus on different perspectives on the concept of "Ausnahmezustand" and how to integrate them into the scenic project.
Developing a website:
This website serves to inform about the ongoing project "Zustände der Ausnahme" with constant broadcasts, news and articles. The group created a basic structure of the page and uploaded the first contents. They will keep you up to date for the next weeks.
Room Organisation and Lights:
We worked on all of the stations to organize a smooth process of events during the Etude #1. This involved the general setting of the room, the lighting concept and the choreography of the performers and the camera along the setting. During our work we had to deal with several challenges, such as missing tools, cables and power strips. Therefore we found many creative solutions and gained new experiences and skills. We got intensely in contact with the DMX Operator, the norwegian language and the lovely Doormen of GU Frankfurt.
Not all the work done for the project was of theoretical or pure technical nature, some of the students were part of the practical scenic work. This ranges from filming short scenes, singing the fuge and acting. In addition, video and audio was beeing edited and refined on the computer.
Basically we do everything to support the camera and all the technical issues during its navigation throughout the studio while filming. Apart from that, we also made the English subtitles for the radio news. Exhausting but also interesting, just like having been through a two weeks long non-stop Rock’n’Roll concert!
Translation of Nordahl Griegs "Til Ungdommen":
Inspired by the spanish civil war in 1936, Nordahl Grieg wrote the poem „Til Ungdommen“. Based on this poem, the danish composer Otto Mortensen wrote a musical piece, which holds a high significance for the norwegian youth. A group of students took the text and score and developed a singable german translation for use in the project.
Playlist of Anders Breivik:
For Anders Breivik, music was an important part in preparations for his terrorist attack. This Group took a look at the music tracks Breivik talked about in his manifest and analysed them in their musical as well as social contexts and speculateted about psychological implications within Breiviks choice of music.
Bataclan - terrorist attacks in Paris:
Witnesses of the Bataclan killings posted videos and audio recordings of mass panic on social networks. One question keeps coming up: What's going on? This is precisely the question that the dramaturgy poses. The theater becomes a tool for understanding the world when the Greek tragedy interferes with reality.
One part of the project was a choir piece of Hanns Eisler´s and Bertolt Brecht´s „Die Maßnahme“. This new Version of the „Spechchor“, cut of its political meaning and with an added feminist agenda was practiced by the entire research team as a part of the etude.