What does the end mean to you?
Strasse ask this question simply by immersing themselves in everyday life. Always in search of possible endings, they create the sort of objective moments that could easily be followed by end credits.
The urban space is the place where Strasse and Lotte van den Berg’s artistic processes meet. The Milan-based collective develops site-specific projects using the language of cinema as a filter to create frames of everyday life; the Dutch director is engaged in a research on the relationship between levels of physical reality and of imagination. This encounter has led to the creation of THE END.
Strasse, in collaboration with Lotte van den Berg, create a performance which engage with the public space, a documentary of what is observed, without a camera. The spectators, walking through the city, are invited to look at certain scenes, adopting a precise point of view, which guides and orients the gaze of the audience towards a series of endings extracted from everyday life. The focus is on moments of daily life which correspond to finales. The participants are immersed in scenes which take place in the city, moving from frames of mass action to more intimate and personal moments.
There is something of deeply moving in the ending moment, something that is linked with our capacity to perceive the time. As the time, the end is fluid and transient. As the time, the end has a duration. Urgent and universal, the end concerns any natural phenomenon, physique, biological, psychic, emotional.
The end produces transformation. While something ends with the end, something starts with the end. The end is not central to the phenomena, but it’s lateral. Sometime the end is hiding, its boundaries are difficult to see, but there is always a point from which you can look at the end.
Strasse is a group of Italian artists founded in Milan in 2009 by Francesca De Isabella and Sara Leghissa. The company works with performative vocabularies, investigating relationships between bodily expression and urban landscape, and uses the language of film as a lens through which to observe the world. Strasse aims to bring theatre and cinema to the spaces of the city, drawing and absorbing its environments, temperatures and signs. Without subverting their meanings, it wants to free them from the flow of the everyday and transport them, for a moment, elsewhere. In 2009 the group run Casa Strasse in Milan, with Elena Cleonice Fecit, a space in which to research and produce artistic work, share practices and offer workshops. Since 2010, Strasse has been operating directly in public spaces. The group has produced Drive_IN (2012), Solo (2014), Costruzione dell’immagine della fine and HM/ HOUSE MUSIC (2016). Other projects include Exil and T.Rex, which use the format of the party to generate connections and challenge boundaries between different audiences and between artists and audience.
Lotte van den Berg is a Dutch director. She studied directing at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. After graduating, she began collaborating with different Dutch and Flemish theatres. From 2005 to 2009 she worked for the Toneelhuis theatre in Antwerp. In 2009 she created the company OMSK which since 2012 is based in Utrecht. She has been collaborating with professional and amateur actors while her productions can either be site-specific or destined for theatres. Her project include Cinéma Imaginaire (2017), with Deflorian/Tagliarini, Building Conversation (2013) conceived together with Daan’t Sas, Agoraphobia, Les spectateurs, Mapping the unknown, Wasteland. In 2015 she founded Stichting Third Space with which she produces works that move across theatre, dance, cinema and the visual arts giving life to her own personal, constantly evolving style. Lotte van den Berg’s pieces are performed in important theatres and festivals in Europe, America and Africa. She has received numerous awards including the Erik Vos Prize and the Charlotte Kohler Prize.
The End has received a Writing aid by the IN SITU platform, in the frame of the ACT project, co-funded by theCreative Europe Programme of the European Union.