“I hope you’re all still there,” says a muffled voice. From under a towel and behind a screen, Icelandic artist Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir presents her show Elision, a contemplation of heat, change and togetherness. At the start of the show, which her audience are live-streaming from home, she considers what it means to watch a piece of theatre with others compared with watching alone. Community is an idea returned to in much of the work over the weekend at Gateshead international festival of theatre. Instead of being cancelled, the festival has been speedily but sturdily reimagined on a digital platform. Sigurdardottir peeks down the live feed: “Maybe we are together in some way.” Making a theatre festival work solely online requires a heavy dose of trust, ingenuity and imagination. Impressively, all of the artists originally commissioned are still involved in GIFT, offering a variety of adapted, pre-recorded and deliciously low-fi experimental work. One of the highlights is It Don’t Worry Me. Recorded in January in Barcelona, this is a gloriously silly collaboration between performance duo Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas, and the Catalan theatre company Atresbandes. In a ridiculous search for meaning in art, Lesca and Atresbandes’s Albert Pérez Hidalgo… Read full this story
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