33 RPM and a Few Seconds
Lina Saneh / Rabih Mroué
April 29, 8pm & April 30, 7pm & 9pm
at Asia Society, 725 Park Ave (at 70th St) in Manhattan
Tix and Info: ps122.org/33-rpm
A turntable sits on a stack of amplifiers, an ensemble that evokes the pre-CD hi-fi era. A telephone is on the floor. A bulky television. Books are scattered about. A laptop and printer, a mobile phone in its charger. Behind looms the wide screen.
Known for their experimental and controversial works, acclaimed Lebanese theater artists Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh reconstruct the final moments of a person’s life. A young Lebanese man takes his own life, and in a farewell letter, declares that his reasons are personal and have nothing to do with politics. The young man is dead but everything lives on, vibrating with transmissions in his bedroom: the television, the answering machine, the computer. Time pauses and begins anew; history is pieced together—never constructed, of course—from so many fragments of communication.
Co-presented by PEN World Voices Festival and Performance Space 122, in association with Asia Society.