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Signa creates 12 hour theatre experience at Aarhus Festival

Internationally acclaimed performance group Signa visits Aarhus for the first time with their new performance ‘The Open Heart’.

The group, headed by Signa and Arthur Köstler, has created ground-breaking and thought-provoking performances for nearly two decades with praise from audiences and critics alike. Finally, the time has come for a performance in Signa’s birth town Aarhus, where they and a team of more than 50 Danish and international performers transforms a floor on the previous county hospital into a fascinating parallel universe.

‘The Open Heart’ is a 12 hour interactive experience (from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) exploring the balance of power and the borderline between goodness and self-righteousness.

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60 people per performance are invited to a “seminar on empathy” created by the fictive organisation The Open Heart. For years the organisation, founded by the so-called “Co-suffering”, has quartered and studied people from the edge of society, “The suffering”, in the location of the former hospital.

Attending this “seminar” each member of the audience is given a bed, a locker and his/her own mentor from within “The suffering”, and during the performance the audience will be wearing the mentor’s clothes and name to experience their world from the inside.

- It is not until we meet the audience that our performances truly come alive and we are surprised time and time again of how willingly and passionately our audience commits themselves. In general, all our performances circles around the challenges and pitfalls we face as part of a community – resulting in challenging performances. But the audience want and are able to do so much more than just to watch from a distance, says Signa Köstler.

Signa are regarded as pioneers within audience engaging performing arts and have established themselves as a high-ranking name both nationally and internationally.

‘The Open Heart’ is their first performance in Denmark since 2015 (‘Feberhavnen’ with The Royal Danish Ballet) and is as such a scoop for Aarhus Festival, which director Rikke Øxner is very pleased with:

- It is a fantastic opportunity for our Festival to present theatre of Signa’s calibre. Our guests can look forward to an experience that touches both body and soul and I’m positive this will be a performance we will remember for many years to come.

Facts
Date/time: 30 August to 29 September (including days off) from 7.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m.
Venue: The old county hospital, Tage-Hansens Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C
Tickets: DKK 300 ex. fees (DKK 150 ex. fees with student discount) at aaf.billetten.dk
Language: The performance is suited for both Danish and English speakers
Arranged by: Aarhus Festival
With support from: Danish Arts Foundation, Beckett-Fonden and Vilhem Kiers Fond

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