Cry Me A River
a solo-climate-summit by Anna Mendelssohn


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Everything is so much more complicated than you think.
There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make.
At some point I began to cry. And that went on for many months.
Because how do you refreeze the ice up there? It just can’t be done.

Cry Me A River is a solo about inner and outer climate catastrophes. Walking
the thin ice between the personal and the political, the piece deals with the
complexity of climate change communication and it’s rhetorics. Playing with the
monologue-format it focuses in on the multiplicity of talking heads, voices and
opinions buzzing around this topic. Emotions of fear, anger, hope and despair,
strongly connected with visions of a changing climate are whenever necessary
chemically reproduced or bio-engineered.

Concept/Performance: Anna Mendelssohn
Directing: Yosi Wanunu
Music: Jorge Sánchez-Chiong
Lights: Jan Maertens
In co-operation with: Tanzquartier Wien
Supported by: the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna and bm:ukk
With the support of: PACT Zollverein (Essen)
Thanks to: toxic dreams

From the Press:

“Mendelssohn takes place at a long conference table and begins her hour-long
monologue which is as rapid as it is virtuoso. … She exposes the language
and what it can reveal in certain contexts, when one listens more closely
and is attentive to details. …This artificiality comes closer to reality than
any form of didactic.”

Helmut Ploebst, Der Standard, 25th of May 2010


“Her stream of thoughts pours itself out alongst the melting ice caps and is
a treacherous game with real and fake concern.”

Vasco Boenisch, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 6th of July 2011


“The discussion about climate-change has long arrived in the theatre. But we
have not yet witnessed this complex topic approached as intimately as in
Anna Mendelssohn’s Cry Me A River, which was invited to this year’s
Theatre Festival Impulse.”

Max Florian Kühlem, Ruhr Nachrichten, 8th of July 2011


'Dietmar N. Schmidt' - Actor’s Award for Anna Mendelssohn – Cry Me A River
“In her virtuosic monologue Anna Mendelssohn always finds the right tone,
playing emphatically and yet lightly on the keyboard of her own and borrowed
sensibilities. With precision and agility she performs a score for multiple voices.
Pitch, speaking posture, languages are interwoven in ever new and original
manners. Added to that are sound recordings and dance experiments that
become detectors of white lies as well as the messengers of honed emotions.
In this way a multifarious fabric of meanings is created, reflected and touching
at the same time thanks to Anna Mendelssohn’s rich theatrical talents.”

Press Release Düsseldorf, 11 July 2011
http://www.festivalimpulse.de

Premiere at Tanzquartier, Vienna 2010 / Video Edit 2.40 mins



Anna Mendelssohn



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