The 10 Commandments to enjoy "Alma"
1. "Alma" is a
theatrical journey in the footsteps of a woman, Alma Mahler-Gropius-Kokoschka-Werfel,
who travelled through the first half of the 20th century,
experiencing passionate encounters and separations from people
who enriched the body of human heritage.
2. The play consists of several
interwoven threads of events taking place simultaneously in
various spaces. It describes a period from 1901 to the
present day. The characters of the play guide you through
times and spaces. The locations are spread all over the house.
3. Become a road companion
to the characters of the play. You can
choose the events, the path and the person to follow after
each scene, thus constructing your own personal version of
4. It is your gaze that creates
the show. Focus on an object of your interest, and follow
it like a film camera. Following one object throughout the
evening will transform that object into your protagonist.
Yet you can change objects, and thus create a mosaic of your
5. As a camera you have to
choose your angles of shooting, and the distance from the
object on which you are focusing. You can also move and change
your point of view during a take, panning and zooming in and
6. Cameras do not smoke.
And a camera never chatters with other cameras, nor does it
use a cell phone.
7. Move quickly, swiftly,
and as intelligently as you can.
8. lf you find it difficult
to travel, you may stay put in one space, and let the various
events pass before your objective. Coherence is only one attribute
of reality, and it is by no means the most interesting one.
9. If you come with another
camera, it is good to split up and take footage of different
events. At the end of the day you can experience the job of
editor, and combine material taken by yourself with that of
10. As a camera, do not try
to comprehend. What you get in your objective and what you
record is all there is.