WHAT ? A dialogue
“No one ever seems to answer the question why talking should alleviate misery.”
“I never said that it did.”


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Picking up from her previous works, in WHAT ? Anna Mendelssohn
once again follows the traces of the political in the private and the
private in the political. WHAT ? is a fast-paced wrestling match of
verbal tactics and strategies. Between ideological flotsam and
everyday banalities a woman and a man fall ever deeper into the
politics of their private dispute. The audience finds itself in the midst
of a conflict in which the two opponents struggle through the thickest
of their apparent contradictions: conservatism vs. radicalism,
freedom vs. control, power vs. love. An endeavor into the perils of
language, a gleeful game of debate, argument and rhetoric.

Concept/Artistic Direction: Anna Mendelssohn
Performance: Anna Mendelssohn, Joep van der Geest
Directing/Lights: Yosi Wanunu
Production: Marlies Pucher
Coproduced by: Tanzquartier Vienna
Supported by: bm:ukk


From The Press:


The infamous couple debate, terror of all intimacy,
Anna Mendelssohn and Joep van der Geest pulled it through,
brilliantly and without mercy in Tanzquartier Vienna at the
premiere of Mendelssohn’s newest work WHAT ?.
The Viennese performer with an affinity to dance has thus
put forward another virtuoso language choreography
following her prizewinning solo Cry Me A River. And after
art for a lonely heart a second agonizing dialogue, this time
with Joep van der Geest, also a congenial acting partner.
Only once the two, sitting opposite one another, get loud.
Otherwise a tense countenance prevails. The dialogue is a
loop, a dance … One step forward, dig deeper, divert, let go,
stab. Integral part of such a psycho-slasher is that the
opponent’s language is dismantled and undermined instantly,
in real time, at a breath-taking speed, with no hesitation,
no stuttering. A little music from time to time, a dance of twist,
create an atmosphere even more sinister.
Mendelssohn who will show her next work in October and
director Yosi Wanunu make sure that the two never fail to
offer one another a snappy comeback, a neat retort in this
deadly twist of romantic love.

Helmut Ploebst, Der Standard, 26th of May, 2013



Premiere at Tanzquartier, Vienna 2013 / Video Edit 4.06 mins


Anna Mendelssohn



Anna Mendelssohn

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