Symposium investigating Quarantine’s Quartet

Quarantine’s Quartet comprised four pieces of work – Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring – developed by the company over a two year period. Whilst each show was originally performed separately, together they constitute a sustained enquiry into the performance of ‘life’ – individual and collective, conceived through the passing of ‘seasons’ – and the ‘life’ made manifest in and through performance. As such, Quartet might be understood to be a single work investigating how the lived experience of everyday lives might be brought to the stage through the logic of presentation rather than representation; by ordinary people occupying the space of theatrical performance rather than seeing their lives being performed by others.
At the same time, Quartet might be seen as much an enquiry into the nature of theatrical performance as it is into the performance of ordinary people and everyday life. By continually investigating the ways in which the theatrical frame conditions and mediates the modes of appearance of those who appear within it, it resists recourse to any naïve logic of performer presence through repeatedly insisting on interrogating the representational effects of the theatrical apparatus.