ROPE

One man. One Woman. Attached by rope. When the whistle blows, the game starts again.

This is a piece that began its development as a 5 minute performance fragment, exploring liveness, failure and performer exhaustion. Ever since, we have been attracted to the possibilities of extending and exploring the work further.

ROPE is a game-based performance that sees its two players (Man and Woman) competing to achieve an identical impossible task. The two performers are tied to opposite ends of a 50-metre rope. They struggle, cajole, challenge, impede and cheat, all in the hope of acquiring a collection of books on their respective side, and in turn winning the game

A referee watches on, scoring and judging failed attempt after failed attempt. Their whistle marks the beginning of each new round, whether the players are physically recovered from the previous round or not.