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World Premiere: Tim Etchells and Marino Formenti show Left to tell on three days in three different versions

Marino Formenti & Tim Etchells © Eugene Michelangeli

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 two-, six- 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 February, 6 pm-midnight
Online premiere on Volksbühne Fullscreen
In a six-hour performance, Tim Etchells and Marino Formenti show Left to tell without any other people in the room. This performance is only accompanied by remote-controlled cameras that capture the atmosphere of this almost rehearsal-like encounter.

Left to tell II
Saturday, 17 February, 8-10pm
Live performance in the 3. Stock + livestream on Volksbühne Fullscreen
A two-hour performance 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 February, noon-9 pm
Live performance in the 3. Stock + livestream on Volksbühne Fullscreen
Tim Etchells and Marino Formenti perform Left to tell as a 9-hour performance for a maximum of 60 spectators live in the 3. Stock. 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.

Tickets for the performance on 17 February can be purchased at the Volksbühne box office, by telephone on +49 (0)30 2406 5777 and online at Please contact the press office at or on +49 (0) 30 24065 610 with press ticket and interview requests, as well as any other questions.

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