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[A lullaby for cables]

– C’est qui qui pleure dans la nuit?
– Ce sont les cables qui s’ennuient.

In her performance Ute Waldhausen looks into the outcast and the socially forgotten, the buried alive. The part of society that has become invisible.
Using discarded cellar cables she poses the question of their possible productive residual potential.
It is about electricity and conductivity and about THE residual energy: something that actually moves us.
The Residuum is considered an emotional structure that cannot be resolved analytically. Structures of need and statements of action thus elude any rationalization.
The situation moves between telepathy, exorcism, and lullaby.

Ute Waldhausen, born in the GDR in 1972, lives and works in Berlin, London, and in the mountains. After an athletic career in the GDR during her youth, she turned to performance, the moving image, and sound. Today she conducts her physical and spiritual research on stage, in galleries, on the playing field, and on her blog (https://swaproutine.wordpress.com).

Lullaby for Cables

They came from the roll
and went their own way
but they all made circles
and found their meaning

The cable here is not weeping
because it is so lonely
it’s going on the run
but not finding anything off

The isolation forces it
deep into itself
it flees to the middle
and slides along the ground

Through its veins flow
signals and a lot of electricity
forgotten in the box
the end seems to have come

Their phases then retire
the white, red and black
salads drums trees
I wish you all dreams

I wish you all good night

Ute Waldhausen

Director Ute Waldhausen.

Photo: © Robert Schalinski

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