RE:Silience is a reworking of John Cage’s iconic 1960 spoken word piece “Lecture on Nothing” to reflect the twenty-first century concerns of the digital world and the current pandemic. In a time in which mostly “nothing” is happening, Cage’s piece has new and relevant implications for art, creativity, and politics in a time of lockdown and social distancing.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, in most Portuguese municipalities people are required to remain indoors from 11pm to 5am. During the six hours of a curfew, Teatro do Bairro Alto presented eight intimate pieces online – live-streamed or commissioned to help us face one of the longest nights in the longest of years. In Casablanca, London, Lisbon, Berlin or New York, music, images, words and gestures combine and take the shape of ritual and lecture, letter and gathering, flux and sleeplessness. Waiting for the days to grow longer again.