Room Service (Help Me Make It Through The Night)
when: 27.06 + 28.06 at 21:00-01:30
where: SON SPA HOTEL
Room Service is a live interactive film lasting the duration of a restless night. Two women, two men, in four identical hotel rooms – alone. Comfortably embedded in the luxurious world of room service, in the knowledge that nearly everything can be ordered, the performers turn into prisoners of their own desires. Everything they need is delivered to their doors. But will that make them sleep?
Free to do what they want, when the want, they play games with themselves in the isolation of their rooms. They kill time in cold baths or by finding comfort in the solace of the hotel mini bar. Flipping from hysterical self-amusement to introverted self-observation, they create different personas and tell the stories of their life.
The audience watch a live feed of the events on 4 video monitors in a conference room of the same hotel, turning the intimacy of the private rooms into a stage. The apparent privacy of the performers is occasionally broken by their conscious gaze into the camera – showing that they are very aware of the audience’s presence. And it’s this assurance which helps them make it through the night.
The performance lasts for 4.5 hours during which time the audience is free to come and go as they please. You may move around the conference room, visit the bar or take a break on the terrace overlooking the fjord. You may answer the phone when it rings and interact with the performers, or just enjoy the experience from the sidelines. Drinks and light meals will be available for purchase throughout. Together we will make it through the night!
Tavelling from Oslo?
Guests travelling from Oslo can join us on a performative bus ride departing from Dansens Hus at 19:30 on Thursday June 28th. The tour will include a stop in Hølen and arrive in Son in time for the start of Room Service, returning to Oslo after the performance. Tormod Carlsen’s King's Road will be performed during the journey. For more information click here.
Son Spa are offering a special deal on accommodation for Sånafest audience members. Use the code saanafest2018 when booking.
The British/German artist collective Gob Squad have been devising, directing and performing together since 1994, searching for new ways to combine media and performance. The use of audio and video technology plays a prominent role in their work, with the result that alienated forms of intimacy have become a central theme. Always on the hunt for beauty amidst the mundane, they place their work at the heart of urban life: in houses, shops, underground stations, car parks, hotels or directly on the street, as well as in theatres and galleries. Motivated by a desire to elevate the everyday and empower audience members to step beyond their traditional role as passive spectators, Gob Squad set up often absurdly utopian scenarios where meaningful collective experience and genuine encounters involving passers-by and audience members are suddenly possible.
Concept: Gob Squad
Devised and performed by: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Elyce Semenec, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will
Sound design: Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory
Video design: Miles Chalcraft
Production Management: Eva Hartmann
Production Assistant: Sofie-Louise Thørner-Andersen
Technical Management: Tobias Klette, Torsten Schwarzbach
Technical Assistance: Leif Alexis
UK Production: Ayla Suveren
Tour Management: Mat Hand
Contact for touring enquiries: Eva Hartmann, email@example.com
Room Service is presented at Sånafest with support from Arts Council Norway and Son Spa Hotel.
Gob Squad is regularly funded (2015 - 2019) by the State Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
Room Service is co produced by Gob Squad, Kampnagel Hamburg and Podewil Berlin.
With financial assistance from Kulturbehörde der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Berlin and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Bonn.
Gob Squad dedicate this performance to:
Lars Egge Müggenburg (longterm collaborator, critic and connoisseur of our work).