TWINS - how do I know I am me...Liverpool and Cologne reveal their town-twinning links in the presentation of the interdisciplinary performance project TWINS -- how do I know I am me....
The project by the Cologne-based artistic duo Angie Hiesl and Roland Kaiser premiered in Cologne in 2001 and in the same year was shown at the IMPULSE Theatre Festival.
This summer the project will be restaged in the A Foundation exhibition area at the invitation of the Bluecoat Arts Centre,
TWINS - how do I know I am me... is a performance that addresses the fascinating and mysterious phenomenon of twin appearances. Six pairs of identical twins perform. Being an identical twin - who's who? - a baffling interplay of optical illusions and mirror images between the everyday and the absurd. The dramaturgy of the piece focuses on the complexity of this "phenomenon" and interweaves the scenic elements and installations with the unique architecture of the performance location, The Furnace – a ancient industrial building in the A Foundation, Liverpool.
Angie Hiesl and Roland Kaiser's selected method of staging a production vacillates between art exhibition and performance. Rather than confronting the audience with an interpretation of a subject, these surrealism-inspired images offer spectators the possibility of continually redefining reality.
Hiesl + Kaiser approach their interdisciplinary, site-specific work as sensitive transformers. To start with, they carefully sound out the unique features of the local surroundings and then utilise their findings to create their artistic interactions. Using performance, theatre, dance and installation, they add new dimensions – of a subtle, whimsical, astonishing or disconcerting nature – to the locations.
“A smart project, exciting, performed with precision, and ultimately, of great beauty. It plays with the issues of identity and differences and also succeeds in touching those of us who are non-twin siblings. It is a parable about ‘subjective experience’ within a ‘shared experience’, about dissimilarity within similarity and the processes and conflicts that lie between."
Impulse Theatre Festival / Elisabeth Schweeger, Schauspiel Frankfurt, November 2001