David Weber-Krebs: TONIGHT, LIGHTS OUT!
David Weber-Krebs is a visual and stage artist, a researcher and a writer. He lives and works In Brussels. In his creative process, he focuses on the relation between a work of art and the audience, therefore creating situations in theatre where the audience is involved in a “complex game between being absorbed by the performance or immersed in the work of art, and maintaining a critical distance.”
David Weber-Krebs begins his performance Tonight Lights Out with two stories: a true story about a campaign by German newspaper Bild, which invited people to turn off lights for five minutes on a certain evening and thus symbolically contribute to a better world; and another story, a legend of a Cairo boy who is persuaded by ghosts, arising from the confusion between Islamic and Coptic beliefs, to turn off lights, which triggers a miracle – a black cloud of pollution over Cairo disappears. Both stories are the basis for the author’s invitation to attempt a joint action – each member of the audience receives a light and a switch, and the experiment can begin. Will we end up in the dark, will we end up anywhere at all, and what follows after we succeed or fail to cooperate?
Concept, text, performance: David Weber-Krebs
Sound: Coordt Linke
Concept of installation: Hans Westendorp
Technician: Martin Kaffarnik
Production and assistance: Marie Urban
Producer: Elisabeth Hirner
Thanks to: Maarten Westra Hoekzema, Mathias Domahidy
Produced by: A Stichting Infinite Endings
Co-prodution: Frascati, STUK, Zeitraumexit, Theater Zeebelt
Translation to Slovene: Ana Radović
Foto: Kasia Chmura-Cegiełkowska
Performance is in English with Slovene surtitles.