THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016)

Mixed media installation

HD video with sound, looped, 14 min

Prop books on loan from The Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre, Denmark

Chandeliers from artist’s own archive

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016)

Installation view from soloshow at Union Pacific gallery, London, UK  

I used to work as a prompter in a theatre. I sat in a small dark room on the side off the stage. There was only space for a chair and a script holder that was lit by a tiny light, pointing down on all the lines and stage directions. I knew every line, every movement of all the actor’s bodies.

I could only see a slice of the stage, so I had to listen very carefully. If someone forgot a line I had to whisper one or two words to get them started again. But not too fast, the actor could be pausing for effect, and not too slow for the audience not to notice the mistake and thereby destroy the illusion.

The prompter is invisible for the audience and sometimes for the actors, but this invisible voice holds a great responsibility for the play’s unfolding. It is a strange position to be in. The actors are happy that you are there, but at don’t like constantly being reminded of their own fallibility.

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016)

Installation view from soloshow at Union Pacific gallery, London, UK  

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016)

Excerpt from HD video with sound

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016) 

Video stills

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016)

Installation view from soloshow at Union Pacific gallery, London, UK  

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016) 

Video stills

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016)

Excerpt from HD video with sound

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016) 

Video stills

Image courtesy: The Royal Theatre Library, Denmark

THE INVISIBLE VOICE (2016)

Installation view from soloshow at Union Pacific gallery, London, UK  

Credits:

Prompters:

Birgitte Hansen

Karen Hoffmann

Susanne Cathrine Lyngbøl

Birgitte Makalhof

Yvonne Tabart

Line Wilton


Composer: Louise Alenius (2015)

Sound Engineer: Erik Medeiros


Many thanks to:

Aarhus Theatre, DK

Aarhus Theatre archive, DK

Cirkusrevyen, DK

The Royal Danish Theatre (all three houses), The Royal Danish Theatre Archive and

library, The Royal Danish Theatre Set Productions Workshops, DK

The Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre, DK

Vendsyssel Theatre, DK


Support for production:

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding (international production grant)