Enter Ghost

2006

THE PERFORMANCE

The stage direction ‘Enter Ghost’ from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the point of departure for this project. The instruction is paradoxical: how can we make a ghost – an invisible and undeterminable force – appear on stage? And what is a ghost? Sight has become the privileged sense for our empirical interpretation of the world. According to the logic of our ‘scientific eye’, that which is not directly or indirectly ‘visible’ does not exist. What if we included ghosts in our perceived material reality? What if we no longer assigned ghosts a place in our fictional fantasy world, but rather saw them as a tangible, material and sociological force? How real is our imagination? In Enter Ghost Nicole Beutler aims to create space for the unnameable, the poetic and the inexplicable.

THE BOOK: THE SENSATION IS REAL

Nicole Beutler published the book The Sensation is Real in parallel with the performance Enter Ghost. It was developed as an independent artwork in close collaboration with typographer Connie Nijman. Connecting disciplines such as literature, philosophy, photography, theology and alchemy, it is a poetic journey through a personal archive of ghostly potential. Countless historical references to séances, spiritism and fairies stand alongside thoughts on Noh theatre, as well as the Shakespearean proposals of the supernatural. De Appel, the institute for contemporary art in Amsterdam, invited Beutler to create a performative book presentation to present the ideas that surround the book in an informal and performative context. This ‘hypnotic tour’ was later adapted for another location: the old office building of the Festival KAMMERmachen in Chemnitz, where it was performed with special guest DJ Alec Smart.

credits

Concept/ choreography
Nicole Beutler
Made in collaboration with
Hester van Hasselt, Esther Snelder, Sanja Mitrovic (performers),Gary Shepherd (music)
Dramaturgy
Igor Dobricic
Lichtign design/scenography
Minna Tiikkainen
Costume
Jessica Helbach
Book
Nicole Beutler, Connie Nijman(typografie)
Contributors
André Lepecki, Bob Bishop, Laurens van der Heijden, Mark Poysden, Igor Dobricic

Production
Klaartje Wouters
PR photography
ANJA BEUTLER
Management
Inge Koks
Produced by
LISA
Coproduction
wpZIMMER (Antwerp, Belgium), PACTZollverein (Essen, Germany)

Supported by
FAPK(Den Haag), AFK (Amsterdam)

premiere 12 October 2006
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2006
Oct10
Enter Ghost
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Try-out
Oct11
Enter Ghost
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Try-out
Oct12
Enter Ghost
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Premiere (NL)
Oct13
Enter Ghost
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct14
Enter Ghost
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
2007
Apr25
Enter Ghost
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL) SPRINGDANCE Festival
Apr26
Enter Ghost
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Apr28
Enter Ghost
De Appel De Appel, Amsterdam (NL)
Apr29
Enter Ghost
De Appel De Appel, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug21
Enter Ghost
Festival Kammermachen Festival Kammermachen, Chemnitz (DE)
Aug22
Enter Ghost
Festival Kammermachen Festival Kammermachen, Chemnitz (DE)
Oct11
Enter Ghost
Chasse Theater Chasse Theater, Breda (NL)
2008
Apr24
Enter Ghost
Beursschouwburg Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)