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Reality Surfing

  • PYL
  • June 10th - 11th 2022
  • TATWERK | Berlin

A visual performance about the coexistence of human and inanimate beings

Stripped Works
Reality Surfing © A. Sbirka

Reality Surfing is a non-narrative visual performance, which proposes to the audience to experience an alternative model of the coexistence of people and inanimate entities. It discovers new relations between daily objects through their materiality and presence in one space, which gain an equivalent value to the presence of a human body. The scenography of the piece comprises a system that exists and functions according to its own rights. It serves and requires a service; it absorbs and triggers; its geometry is meaningless as well as a feeling of destruction. The authors invite a spectator/ visitor to forget about rational logic and surf into a new reality composed of collaboration with sponges, oranges, machines, ghosts, and other unexpected species.
Each of us assembles our own small worlds with the available things and knowledge, using random fragments of reality as stones for building the wall against the wind. When the wall falls, we find ourselves in a vapor landscape that unites collapsed pieces into the new creature. Where we can surf from the cardboard box to the dolphin’s fin by accepting the terms and conditions. Where are moments of entropy and freedom, no matter if we are locked up, locked down, or just among ourselves and our surroundings.

The performance lasts 60 minutes. There is no language barrier.

Workshop: Materiality on Vacation

June 9th 2022 | 12 - 4:30 pm

Through exploring different ways of relating to things, surprising connections appear. In this 1-day workshop, PYL will introduce strategies for rethinking the materiality of everyday objects and revealing the multiplicity of narratives behind them. 

You will get to know other ways of communication and coexistence through collective playing with objects. You will find out what Living Scenography is and how things “act” and ”speak” to you and each other. Perhaps, you may hear the story of the birth of the plug in someone’s breath. By becoming aware of the relationships between us and our surroundings, we can experience where an object ends, where a landscape starts, and how we fit in it. Based on our shared experience and observations, we can create our new common world with its own language and logic. Is it not the ideas, symbols and feelings that can keep a world together?
Join the workshop if you like playing with objects; if you like to communicate not only with people but also with things; if you are generally a sensitive human that can get inspired by both unpredictable and daily events.

A workshop led by PYL: Sviatlana Silich, Theresa Schrezenmeir and Maria Komarova

Part of: »Beyond Touring: Reality Surfing and Insider tour project at Tatwerk, Terén and Transit Foundation«, supported by Creative Europe Perform Europe program.
Perform Europe is an EU-funded project that aims to rethink the way performing arts works are presented across borders in a more inclusive, sustainable and balanced way by testing new approaches to staging and distribution. Perform Europe also aims to provide strategic recommendations for the future EU support system.
Media partner is taz. die tageszeitung.

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June 10th 2022 | 8 pm
June 11th 2022 | 6 pm – family friendly show
TATWERK | Berlin

after the show on June 10th:
»Cartography« with Theaterscoutings

12 € | 7 € reduced
on Saturday: Children 3€




PYL: Světlana Silič, Maria Komarova, Anna Romanova, Theresa Schrezenmeir
Performers: Světlana Silič, Maria Komarova
Music: Theresa Schrezenmeir
Press: Anita Goß
Technics: Elliott Cennetoglu
Production: Judita Císařová, Motus, z.s., Alfred ve dvoře, Terén—Pole performativního umění
Thanks to: Sodja Zupanc-Lotker, Tomáš Procházka, Lukáš Jiřička, Andrey Dabrakou, Michal Mitro, CEDIT
Support: MOTUS, z.s, Terén—Field for performing arts, DAMU


PYL is an international collective of artists who devise together in the field of postdramatic theatre, visual arts, sound and intermedia. Their practice explores the borders of anthropocentric perception in a dialog with objects and ironic attempts to grasp nonhuman agency. Through application of DIY methods, recycling and compilation principles, the group develops its own visual language, which extends the meanings of scenography far beyond the theatre stage. Their works shift cultural codes, contexts and origins of regular things, while transforming objects to beings and beings to objects. Sensitivity towards the dailiness, sharing moments and personal experiences in non-linear and playful ways transmit on the group's associative approach on coworking process.