the girl who never was >
the third man >
a lecture on schizophonia >
written on tablets of flesh >
the empire never ended >
variations on a theme by Casey & Finch >
gospels >
the allens >
I hereby command you to give voice to these letters...>
we are protected >
dark was the night >
bytom hymn echo >
aarhus echo >
god moves on the water >
variations over a poem by allen ginsberg >
let them sing it for you >
låt dem sjunga det åt dig >
moonstruck >
variations on a theme by lou reed >
instruction trio>

A project existing both as a lecture performance and as a video.

As a child my father told me about the movie: In a city somewhere, a man searches for another man. Everyone he meets tells him that his search is in vain, for the other man is already dead, but he refuses to give up and suddenly he believes he catches a glimpse of the other man’s face in a doorway. Then dad sat down in front of the piano and in his own tiptoeing kind of way he played ‘The Theme from the Third Man’. It made me dream of footsteps echoing in back alleys and a great, green shadow flickering by in the corner of my eye. Every time I heard that melody I had the peculiar feeling of someone observing me from a hidden viewpoint.

The work traces the footprints of an elusive entity called ‘The Third Man’. We hear him move between the pins of the music box; a staggering, predestined forward motion in a crude imitation of life. He takes up residence in the ecstatic body of Julie Andrews, turning seven innocent children into musical puppets, each one reduced to a note in the diatonic scale. He is in the voice of every pregnant mother bathing her defenceless foetus in song.

The Third Man is a coproduction with the Impakt Foundation, Utrecht in the framework of Impakt Works 2010 and has been made possible with the support of the City of Utrecht; the Mondrian Foundation.

Photo: Laura Gianetti

 

watch an excerpt from the video version
watch an excerpt from the performance version

the third man (2010)