“Express Fight Club” is a performance on the question how and by what identity is generated. The novel and movie “Fight Club” (by Chuck Palahniuk / David Fincher) are not important for the project - the sources’ idea of forming a subversive group is. post theater has created a “Fight Club: A Chorus” with 48 performers in Singapore and Berlin (National Museum of Singapore, 2007, State Opera Berlin, 2008). “Express Fight Club” is a further development of these performances. Groups of 15 audience members (version I, Berlin) or 21 (version II, Salamanca) were transformed into performers , performing in front of themselves. This “Express Fight Club” had originally been commissioned by the Tanznacht Berlin Festival 2008. The International Ferstival of the Arts in Castillia and Leon commissioned the second version in 2009 (in Spanish language). In Taiwan will be the third version of the project in November 2009. Further versions are planned.
The technical principle is always the same: A programmed vertical video projection guides the participants in a DIY choreography (media art: Yoann Trellu). Additional texts and sounds are prompted via a surround sound system (sound art: Sibin Vassilev, virtual performer: Alexander Schro¨der). Media art provides orientation and creates a virtual space.
The project challenges questions of identity on different levels. The script debates the relationship between work and spare time and how they facilitate the construction of identity. The performance set-up allows a switch of roles and questions the concept of who is a performer and who is an audience member. Underlying theme is the urge to find alternatives to the every-day life in the consumer society － as in the source material “Fight Club”.
Concept and artistic direction: Hiroko Tanahashi, Max Schumacher
Media art and programming: Yoann Trellu
Sound art and recording: Sibin Vassilev
Performance: Alexander Schro¨der
Production management: Mario Stumpfe