On a neon-lit, studio-like stage, a female performer is put to work and closely scrutinised by a male director who is her task giver, judge and, eventually, co-player. This mutually dependent relationship will set off a chain of aborted attempts at representation.
'Salting the Tail' patches up and tears down image after image, offering and withdrawing keys to a narrative: fragments of a story involving a 'mother' serve as points of departure for an accelerating set of disorienting snapshots.
At the same time, the performance exposes the perilous negotiations that went into its own making. In a playful and transparent format, the tension between the director and the performer grows ever stronger, fleshing out the distance between thought and its actualisation.
concept and direction: Namik Mackic
developed and performed by: Diane Busuttil and Namik Mackic
dramaturgy: Miet Warlop
lighting design: Ingeborg S. Olerud
music: Raymond I. Berge
produced by Namik Mackic
with support from Arts Council Norway and Fond for lyd og bilde
co-produced by Black Box Teater, Oslo
premiered: 21-24 October 2010, Black Box Teater, Oslo
video capture of the performances on 26 & 27 February 2011, Marstrand Festival Vol. III, Oslo Norway
camera: Christian Isak Isaksen