Chorspiel, 2010
  • © Ulla von Brandenburg - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Based on a performance that took place in Malmo, "Chorspiel" (2010) comprises a single sequence shot filmed in real-time.

Like pieces on a chessboard, the characters – grandparents, their daughter and granddaughter – are disturbed by the arrival of a vagabond. The scene unfolds in a surreal setting. A white rectangle is painted on the ground of a clearing surrounded by a dark silent forest; an invisible choir can be heard singing. Merging the unconscious with the conscious, is this a world of the dead, or of the living? The actors take turns to mouth along to the choir's song, like characters inhabited by different voices. This enigmatic tale examines the passing of time through inter-generational relationships.