über mich

Laura Koerfer (* 1985) ist Künstlerin und arbeitet als freischaffende Theaterregisseurin in Zürich. 

Sie studierte Philosophie und Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaften an der Universität Wien und absolvierte ihren Master of Performing Arts in Theaterregie an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Es folgten Produktionen u.a. am Theater Neumarkt  (Magic Afternoon von Wolfgang Bauer, Faustrecht der Freiheit von Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Miss Sara Sampson von G. E. LessingWERTHER. Gesang an die Nacht, Gebrüll gegen Kummer nach Goethe mit Roland BarthesMetamorphosen nach Ovid). 

Koerfer gründete 2019 das Theater Hyperlokal in Zürich und leitete dieses bis Ende 2022. 

Jetzt arbeitet sie an einem neuen Ding - Drehbühnentheater. 

Revolving stages are like watches; they play with time.

Just looking at a revolving stage, looking at the rotation, the coming and going, the old passing and the new unfolding, I am slowly transported into a different state of mind. It’s a state close to daydreaming or this precious moment when laying in bed in the morning one is still half-asleep, but half awake.  I am in a reflective mode, but build different thought bridges and deviate from my hardwired thought patterns. I can literally look at things from another perspective and expand my thinking and my feeling.

Working with revolving stages allows me to artificially create a similar state of mind where thoughts move more like waves and I am letting myself be moved by what is in front of me.

I love this story by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan: One of his methods was to shout at his patient 5 minutes into the therapy session and then ask them to leave. The patients suddenly had 55 minutes truly to themselves. They finally had time. It was reported that creating that unexpected space of time and reflection was Lacan’s goal.

I am looking for a similar experience. An artform that creates time. And the space to wander the mind. Why not meditate? It’s not the same. You have other thoughts in a group. This experience needs the collective.

I call it Turntable Theater as the revolving stage forms the heart of it all. The setting is always the same. The audience sits in a circle around a revolving stage.

Sitting in a circle is part of our DNA. We sat in circles around fires for hundreds of thousands of years. We form drum circles, dance circles, justice circles, reading circles, meditation circles, moon circles, creativity circles, women’s circles, entrepreneurs’ circles, and the list goes on. Circles allow everyone to be seen. It’s a visual example of inclusion. And circles slow down the mind. Most people are suffering from anxiety and overtaxed nervous systems, bombarded with a constant stream of bad news, fear-based media, emails, texts. Sitting in circle with others can help us unwind and reconnect. To me it’s essential that the audience sits around the stage and forms a body of its own, holding the space.

What changes in every piece of Turntable Theater is the topic. I choose a theme close to my heart. An issue that follows me, that moves me and that shows up in public discourse. I am particularly interested in taboos, in hidden feelings, such as shame, guilt, pleasure and madness. I assemble material from my own biography, from books but also from Youtube. There I find bits and pieces of things that have already been said on the topic. That’s my audio text. I create a layer of spoken text and weave it together with music; I project text on walls; I carve words into objects, onto fabric. There are no actors speaking on stage, but the text is there coming from different sources. For the audience the topic is happening in the background; it just gives food for thought, a direction. Music and text form the second body of the Turntable Theater.

And then I create images that change over the course of the performance. I am searching for images that have the quality of looking at a fire. Or when you lay on the ground and look up into the sky seeing clouds forming and transforming. From my experience hearing adds much more to our imagination than seeing. So in order to support that imagination, I ask myself: What do I need to create as a scenery on stage, so that the ears can truly listen? We need to train our imagination, it is what makes us happy. But it is also what allows one to challenge ones hardwired believe system. And prompting imagination is really what art can do.

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