Paris, 12th arrondissement
after an intense first week of rehearsal, Viviane and I met yesterday afternoon to write an application letter to the residency program at Fleetstreet in Hamburg. And, as she sat down on the sofa in my apartment and I paced around cooking and folding laundry, we put together something which, for the first time in a long time, feels like an appropriate written expression of what POST•M actually entails for me.
Viviane was the most precious help, because she helped me to ask all of the questions that make this project happen. And, as we went along, I realized that it’s the third directing project in which I try to answer the same question: why are we not happy with what we can have? POST•M is a different expression of this question, which lied at the heart of both “Manifesto for Another World” (Hepburn Zoo Theatre, Middlebury, VT, USA Nov. 2007) and “Novecento” (Wright Memorial Theatre, Middlebury, VT, USA, 2009), but still an expression of the same disbelief for the everyday struggle for more, always more. I asked Viviane: “Is it only about ‘what I want’, multiplied by 7 billions?” Why are we never happy with what we have? Why do we always want more?
I ask this question, and it is the question that POST•M asks, because I believe that a lot of the mechanisms at the heart of the world economies (and, consequently, politics) are consequences of the individual’s desire for more, while forgetting that there are comunities, ‘places in time’ where an encounter with the Other can be way more fulfilling that having more, always more. Be it emotions, be it food, be it material things. It doesn’t matter. Why do we always want more?
Please answer the question.