6 HOURS IN A CAGE: THE PEEP SHOW
I OPEN AND TURN MY HEAD INSIDE OUT, SO YOU CAN STEP INTO MY MIND. THERE IS THE SHOW.LOOK AT ALL THE DIRT AND ALL THE BEAUTY. PLAY WITH THE SHADOWS .THEY ARE QUITE ALIVE. COME ON A LONG JOURNEY WITH ME. IF THERE IS A SALVATION AT THE END OF IT, YOU DECIDE. THE PEEP SHOW DOES NOT GUARANTEE ANYTHING.
BUT THE JOURNEY ITSELF DOES MATTER. ENJOY IT.
The PEEP SHOW is an experimental performance-installation, which lasts for 6 hours. The centre of the performance is a cage with one person standing in it throughout the entire show.
Around the cage various artists, dancers, musicians and performers invite the audience for an adventure in a sensual, intimate atmosphere, to watch, listen, be touched or play an interactive game and become an active part of the performance for a short time.
"The idea of the PEEP SHOW is coming from a personal experience: I worked as a nude model for over two years for the same painting in the same position, 5 days a week sometimes 6-7 hours a day. Sitting still, naked, and being observed for such a long period of time is transforming , both physically and mentally. As the body becomes so still and calm, within hell breaks loose, unknown fears come up, the shadows become alive and the gravity of the soul forces one to cross that deep inner darkness, naked and defenceless. At the end of the journey though, an opportunity opens up: to come upon beauty ,creativity and that one treasure in the heart what you might call love.
For that I am willing to endure.
In this show, through standing in a cage for 6 hours, I want to recreate that very intensity, that very presence, that very concentration and silence, and invite people, performers as well as the public, to be part of it.
I have the same attention for you as you have for me, in that sense there is no audience and artist, there is only the space that we create together for the time we meet.
The cage and me standing in it and every action that happens around it, are only metaphores and symbols, because sometimes, only through symbols can we reach reality.
Come, join me for this experiment."
photos: Stephan Röhl