THE ENSEMBLE 2016
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS LONDON (UK)
The Ensemble is a piece that takes The Mushroom Head from the public back to theatre. Through the manipulations of perceptions, we want to explore the possibility of how the unrehearsed audience can shape the performance in an inclusive way, interacting with props and sound.
You might have noticed this:
You are inside of a mushroom head...
The prologue of The Ensemble of Mushrooms starts with the compelling vocal intro the minute the masks are worn. From the auditorium, we witness a bizarre image of hyperrealistic mushroom heads sitting on human bodies. On stage, the mushrooms seem disoriented; they have no faces, and no one can tell what they are up to exactly. Like most mushrooms: they look ambiguous and dreamy. The only clue we have is through the irresistible voice, telling us what’s going on inside the mushroom heads: Breath in... Exhale...Walk around..., etc. It’s like we are viewing them extrospectively... at least that’s what we think. However, throughout the performance, we start to pick up slight disjunctions between what we hear and what we see. The mushrooms don’t seem to comply with the instructions of the voice; they have their own thoughts and behave oddly. Some walk around madly whilst others bump their heads together. The reality we perceive becomes hasty and chaotic. However, there comes a lucid moment when one’s gesture corresponds to others. Then suddenly, all actions synchronize on stage, like a choreography, or a symphony even. We call it: The Ensemble of Mushrooms.