Spare Time is a constructed, videogame-like park with an endless set of possibilities. The set makes one think of Minecraft: an ultimate space where everything seems possible in the infinity of virtual reality. Flat characters enter the set in the shape of humans and chairs. They ‘neighour’: they walk and act routinely and seem to need each other. When the scenography or terrain changes, their limits shift. What generates freedom for one, forms an obstacle for the other. Spare Time questions our use of leisure time: are we as free as we think? When we dispose of an endless set of possibilities, do we feel liberated, or oppressed?
Dorothy and Officer are recuperated and appropriated figures from the visual arts, mainstream media and pop culture. They appear in Pipilotti Rist’s Ever is over all, Beyonce’s Hold Up, The Wizard of Oz,… buren wants to investigate what these figures can mean in Spare Time and what their role could be in the theatre space.
Première: spring 2018 – CAMPO (Ghent)