Brook Aidan Rosini, Germanics
Verfremdungseffekt: Mauser Chor
Our course, German 304a, presents an extended collaborative project focused on experimental German-language theater pieces, which we will perform on June 3 & 4, 2010, at the Ethnic Cultural Theater. Our collection is entitled Verfremdungseffekte, which loosely translates as Alienation Effects. Our overarching theme is that of alienated or alienating people, situations, places, and language, which we hope to direct toward an interrogation of what it means to participate in theater at all. One of our thirty-minute one-act pieces features an ex-revolutionary facing a military tribunal, which we have decided to develop as an intermedial display. We will project footage from a German Nazi propaganda film by Leni Riefensthal entitled Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will behind the action of the scene. The military tribunal is represented by a traditional Greek Chorus, which we have chosen to alienate by recording the dialogue, so that it will emanate from behind the audience members in a voice of God fashion. Moreover, the internal monologue of the ex-revolutionary will be recorded, to set her internal voice apart from the voice in which she delivers her lines live, and to alienate it from traditional theatrical conventions by externalizing it in pre-recorded audio, rather than by traditional performance delivery. This project was completed in part with the support of the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington.