Twelve Talking Dolls: The Subjects

Twelve Talking Dolls:
The Subjects

You take care of the dolls. The dolls will take care of you.

Meet the twelve talking dolls. They scream, cry and comfort, threaten and pray, seduce and order, invoke and plead, explain, hypnotize, confess and terrorize. As an audience member you can pick the dolls up and hold them, take care of them and manipulate them. Or just listen. Together with the other participants in the piece, you create the condition that enables the dolls to appear as a part of your human kinship.

The doll is a thing, but also a body. It has arms and legs, eyes and mouth. When you look at the doll, it returns the gaze. It is speaking and singing. It becomes one of all these objects that ting and pling around you, demanding different types of response. We can have feelings for the doll, tenderness and care, but also nervosity or unease. It is in a borderland creature between life and death. The doll is undead. And it wants something from you.

The piece presents unique handmade stoneware dolls equipped with responsive but pre-recorded voices belonging to twelve different actors. The voices create a polyphonic soundscape that the participants enter, shape and are shaped by. They can also choose to just listen and watch.

Here, a door opens to a playful and eerie world where the dolls are in power precisely through being dolls.

Nyxxx is a performance arts collective consisting of Elize Arvefjord, Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén, Kerstin Weimers, Albin Werle, Gabriel Widing. Our ambition is to create aesthetic situations and games where the audience is allowed to experience the art works from within. The doll voices are performed by actors, but the casting is not yet set. The piece is created with support from Kulturbryggan.

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The piece is made with the support of Kulturbryggan.



Premieres 5th of November 2018
Playing: 5th of November – 25th of November 2018
Length of performance: appr 75 min (no break)
Accessibility: The audience will move around in the room, but there is no demand to move. The dolls mostly speak English, but understanding everything they say is not crucial for participating.
Made for grown-ups and youth from the age of 12.

Idea, text, composition, dolls: Nyxxx
Nyxxx, Adriana Aburto Essén, John Alexander Eriksson, André Nilsson, Ellen Norlund, Benjamin Quigley, Francisco Sobrado, Ylva Törnlund and Malou Zilliacus.
Costume design: Sofia Luna


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