Exquisite Pain archiveA man and a woman tell stories of ordinary and not-so-ordinary heart-break, each story accompanied by a single iconic image. A red telephone on a hotel bed. A subway station. The view from a window. A green Mercedes. The woman repeatedly recounts the story of the end of an affair; remembering it differently each time, while the man tells stories from many different people; snapshots of sorrow in a catalogue of suffering, break-ups, humiliations, deaths, bad dentistry and love letters that never arrive. Based on a project by renowned French conceptual artist Sophie Calle, this extraordinarily simple and intimate performance from Forced Entertainment explores how language, memory and forgetting move to contain, preserve or erase events; how people come to terms with trauma. Exquisite Pain is about love, loss, and the stories we tell ourselves when things have gone wrong. Co-producers: Theater der Welt 2005 (Stuttgart), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture (Oslo), Kaaitheater (Brussels), La Filature, scene nationale de Mulhouse, Tanzquartier Wien.


Company: Forced Entertainment
Director: Tim Etchells
Design: Richard Lowdon
Lighting: Nigel Edwards
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Exquisite Pain

Exquisite Pain (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01973082869. Details of all Exquisite Pain archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01308796558

Archive Listings

27 Sep 06
28 Sep 06
Northern Stage
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
16 Feb 06Gulbenkian Arts Centre
16 Jan 06
18 Jan 06
Warwick Arts Centre
West Midlands
11 Nov 05
12 Nov 05
Contact Theatre
Greater Manchester
1 Nov 05
6 Nov 05
Riverside Studios
Outer London
Greater London
21 Oct 05
22 Oct 05
Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts)

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