SONDER received the support for a further research from the canton of berne.
22./24. März 2018 Dampfzentrale Bern
«Der tief in uns sitzende Drang sich bei Gefahr und Ungemach zu verkriechen, raffiniert szenografiert
und eindrücklich performt. Ein phänomenologisches Kunst-Stück, minimalistisch und trotzdem
«The deep-seated urge to hide underneath things at danger and adversity, artfully staged and
impressively performed. A phenomenological piece of art, minimalistic and yet fantastic:
this was SONDER.» Kulturstatt Bern Blog, Urs Rhis
September 10-12 2020
Sonder is supported by the brussels based artistic research and production plattform arp:
«Deers in the grass at night. In the room a lasting rain. She sits at the table, while the universe blooms through the wall. It's An emergency in slow motion. The void called one night.»
SONDER invites the audience to immerse into an associative and slowed down world, and gives a chance to succumb to a fascination for disasters.
SONDER is situated in a non-place, somewhere close to a aerodrome. It is unclear when everything will implode, if it is even going to happen, or if the catastrophe already occurred. In this suspended state of collapse, the two protagonists are looking for safety and happiness within self made and fragile refuges. Surrounded by a disturbing environment, these shelters seem to be islands of supposed blessedness. They create fleeting images and sceneries, plunging themselves into a space of echoes and illusions.
SONDER is alarming, instinctive, futuristic and poetic. It is the uncanny and forlorn atmosphere of a place which is normally busy, but lies now quiet and abandoned. It is the undefined feeling of paranoia. The amniotic stillness before a storm. It is the endless search for a refuge.
«Alarming, instinctive, futuristic and poetic.»
«What do you remember?»
«A room. There is a room and I sit there alone, always alone.»
«Do you know the room?»
«No, it's in shadow.»
Fhunyue Gao und Annalena Fröhlich both work in the alternative as well as in the institutional art scene. They are artistic chameleons who explore excessively and intuitively on new sceneries, images and sounds, which are focused on making various conditions visible and hearable. For these creations every artistic medium is as important as every other to serve the performance.
Heterogeneous projects are born in which both feel responsible for the whole body of work.
In SONDER they collaborate with the stage designer Romy Springuth and the light designer Mirjam Berger. The piece is produced in an empty warehouse in an open and laboratory-like process, in which they experiment together, on images around the theme of disasters and the constant attempt to find moments of bliss and safety in them.
For SONDER Annalena Fröhlich and Fhunyue Gao work with the scenographer and
costume designer Romy Springsguth and light designer Mirjam Berger.
Cast & Credits
Creation, music, performance, scenography Annalena Fröhlich und Fhunyue Gao
costumes and scenography Romy Springsguth
Light design and Technical director Mirjam Berger
Coproduction with the Dampfzentrale Bern
Moritz Alfons, Zimoun, Tatraum, Hannes Zweifel, Konzert Theater Bern, Konstantina Dacheva, Pius Bacher, Yannick Mosimann, Matthieu Heiniger, deRothfils, Waldhof Hans Vögeli, Everything is just fine and julia reist