THE PRICE IS RIGHT


The Price Is Right is a choreographic nightmare, a study of the supermarket – what is sold and what is done in this space? How do we meet each other and what would we dream to encounter there? The work is a critical tribute to a place where we all go, a modern place of gathering and harvesting.
The supermarket is a daily symbol of the consumer society – a visual materialization of the concept of accumulation. It is a place for all and yet a place that segregates, as there are different supermarkets and products for every social class and every lifestyle. The basic principle of the supermarket, self-service, has created a place where people seek contact with objects instead of humans. Digging further in her desire to create performances as dreams, Cécile Bally is researching this hyper-normed space that paradoxically stimulates our impulsive desires. The Price Is Right depicts the supermarket as an ideal survival zone, a last resort where one has to deal with prices, promotional jingles, stealing, absurdity and apocalypse.

“ The big supermarket down the road is always open: all day its electric doors slide stolidly back and forth, admitting and discharging streams of people. Its neon lit space is so impersonal and so eternal that it emanates both comfort and alienation. Inside you can forget that you're not alone, or that you are." Rachel Cusk, Aftermath



CHOREOGRAPHY, STAGE Cécile Bally
PERFORMANCE Asaf Aharonson, Cathy Walsh, Marie Ursin
LIGHT DESIGN Eva Alonso
SOUND DESIGN Jassem Hindi
COSTUME DESIGN Sara Wendt
PRODUCTION, PR: Ann-Christin Görtz

A production by Cécile Bally in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With friendly support of KunstencentrumBUDA, Aula/Milchhof, Public in Private and Kostümkollektiv. Research funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.  





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Premiere / 21. - 24.11.2018 Sophiensaele, Berlin