Artist Anna Myga Kasten and me were longing to work together again already for a longer time. The invitation to the Up-Festival in Denmark was a great chance to make it happen! I had written a couple of monologues out of the perspective of killed journalists 2 years ago. Since the situation became worse these last 2 years worlwide, I found it more and more urgent to work with this topic. "The freedom of press is the indicator of a democatric system which is controlled by the public, by the society, by us. People tend to throw it away more often recently. But placing journalists in prison, killing them, has never been a good sign for a society." (Killing Letters)
Anna developped an abstract object out of stuffed truck canvas which is hanging in a public space. The size itself was pretty impressive already. IT became everything we needed and wanted for the performance by approaching it in a sepcific way and using it differently. A barricade, a throne, a castle, an instrument of torture, a comforting blanket - all in one it's everything we needed to show the world of the characters of our performance which are inspired by e.g. Marlene Esperat. The phillipine journalist died 12 years ago after she started researching about "lost" money for a lab, which was working against starvation. The money found it's way to Provate Estates of friends of the party of the President.
In our performance in public space - which just happend last weekend - actress Melissa Holley would jump into 3 characters. The first one is someone who slowly gives birth to the idea of freedom in generally, using the object like her body. In the second part Marlene Epserat became alive speaking about her death and how it happened. The third character is someone like you and me, wondering why and how this is the way it is and what we can do to make sure, that journalists and everyone else don't get killed just for asking for the truth.
I really enjoyed working on Killing Letters and think we will develop it further this year to show it at different places.
Thank you so much Anna and Melissa!