In his piece ›SIGNSTORM‹, director Michikazu Matsune looks into the performative potential of sign language and, together with deaf performers, opens up its playful potential.
The performance is not principally about sign language and the sensory experiential possibilities of being deaf; instead it allows the audience an insight and participation in the everyday life and reality of deaf people. The artist, who is Japanese and lives in Vienna, uses elements of documentary film, music video and talk shows – each of them simultaneously translated into spoken and written German – in a performance that offers both hearing and non-hearing viewers an intensive, humorous and deeply sensory mutual experience.
»SIGNSTORM is gentle and entertaining, neither cynical nor sentimental. It is a clever and very thoughtful piece.«
sabina holzer, corpusweb
On stage: Jonas Akanno, Nicolas Cheucle, Xiaoshu Alice Hu, Andrea Rohrauer, Paulina Sarbinowska, Florian Schweitzer
On screen: Peter Dimmel, David Dawei Ni, Michael Jackson, Marianne Scepka, Gerhard Scepka, Signtime.tv, Monika Wittmann, Hans Wittmann
Conceived and directed by: Michikazu Matsune
Cinematography, film editor: Mischa G. Hendel
Film editor, web designer: Katharina Steger
Assistant film editor: Christian Pfabigan
Stage and sound props: Florian Kovacic
Light: Andreas Lendais
Technicians: Johannes Gruber, David Lang
Producers: Martina Gimplinger, Nicole Schuchardt
Co-produced by: brut Wien & Michikazu Matsune
Supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna