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Left to Tell
Tim Etchells, Marino Formenti
3. Stock

Drama, Performance, Concert

Tim Etchells, author, director, performer and founder of Forced Entertainment, and pianist Marino Formenti, both known for their improvisational treatment of performance forms, will present their first joint project, Left to Tell, on 15, 17 and 18 February 2018 in different formats. A work commissioned by the Volksbühne Berlin, this performance can be experienced on three days in six hour, three minute, 12 minute, one hour and nine-hour versions, with and without an audience, live on stage and online.

In Left to Tell, Tim Etchells (concept, lyrics, performance) and Marino Formenti (music) respond together to various motifs from Beckett’s oeuvre and compositions by Morton Feldman. A special role is played by Beckett’s German Diaries, written during a journey through Germany that he began in September 1936. Left to Tell is about moments of isolation and contact, and the perception and experience of time. It creates a juxtaposition of language, images and sounds: fragments from Beckett's work in dialogue with Tim Etchells’ original texts and Marino Formenti's minimalist musical gestures, which amplify, interrupt and occasionally cancel each other out.

Left to Tell I
Thursday, 15.02., 6 pm-midnight
Online premiere on Volksbühne Fullscreen
In a six-hour performance for internet only, Tim Etchells and Marino Formenti improvise together in the space as remote-controlled cameras bring the work to an online audience.
> Go to the Fullscreen event

Left to Tell II
Saturday, 17.02., 8-10pm
Live performance in the Dritter Stock + livestream on Volksbühne Fullscreen
Improvised performances of 3, 12 and 60 minutes of Left to Tell in front of a live audience on the 3. Stock stage and broadcast on Volksbühne Fullscreen. For this performance, tickets are available for advance purchase. Latecomers will not be allowed to enter. A public discussion with both artists will follow the performance, beginning after 10 pm in the Roter Salon.

Left to Tell III
Sunday, 18.02., noon-9 pm
Live performance in the Dritter Stock + livestream on Volksbühne Fullscreen
Tim Etchells and Marino Formenti perform Left to Tell as a 9-hour improvised performance for a maximum of 60 spectators live in the 3. Stock. Audience can arrive, depart and return at any time. The event will last from noon to 9 pm and is open admission, tickets can only be purchased at the box office on the day.

Commissioned by Volksbühne Berlin

Interview of Volksbühne dramaturge Alan Twitchell
with Tim Etchells and Marino Formenti
> News


Concept, Text, Performance: Tim Etchells
Concept, Music: Marino Formenti
Artistic Production: John McKiernan
Technical production manager: Andreas Dunkel
Sound: Klaus Dobbrick
Stage design assistant: Maike Krych, Konrad Walkow
Lighting: Leander Hagen


Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Photo: Eugene Michelangeli

Photo: Jerry Bauer

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