Osynliga Teatern developed a new work for Side-Show in Nässjö, entitled We all start as strangers. The work was shown on the 14th and 15th of October at “Pinnen” in Nässjö.
We all start as strangers was an interactive theatre- and sound experience created especially for Nässjö by Osynliga Teatern, in collaboration with inhabitants of Nässjö and participating students from Nässjö Kulturskola’s theatre group.
The audience was taken on a journey through the old chair factory in Nässjö, a place with echoes of Nässjö’s past as a manufacturing town. Today, the building is used for a variety of purposes, but its lack of a current fixed identity offers a potential for creating a different experience. From within the many rooms of the factory the audience would enter a series of different memories, as recalled by themselves or by those they met there.
The performance was a sound- and theatre experience where the audience was given instructions through headphones, as well as direct instructions from the participants.
We all start as strangers opened up the different stories that we all carry with us throughout our lives, and encouraged the audience to take part in experiences from lives that exist alongside their own. We all start as strangers offered different ways of accessing and perceiving one’s own memories, to enter one’s own stories as well as those of others from a new perspective.
Location: Pinnen, Fabriksgatan 4, Nässjö.
Concept/direction/choreography: OSYNLIGA TEATERN (Tomas Rajnai, Jens Nielsen)
Scenography: Annika Tosti
Participants: Sonia AlAsni, Felix Martinsson, Mohamad Nouri, and students from Nässjö Kulturskola’s theatre group.
We all start as strangers is produced by Side-Show in collaboration with Nässjö Konsthall, with support from the Swedish Arts Council, Region Jönköping County and Nässjö Municipality.