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Raquel André is a collector of rare things.
Throughout Portugal, Brazil, and Norway, she has “collected” over 160 meetings. People of all nationalities, genders and ages have agreed to meet her at someone’s flat and, for an hour, construct a fictional intimacy to be captured in memory and photographs.
Wherever the performance travels, it collects more lovers and accumulates new meetings. The photographs and details of these meetings are the contents of a performance that tells a story about what this collection of relationships may mean. Just what are we looking for when we meet someone? In the age of e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, and Grindr, have we all become experts at faking intimacy?
Collection of Lovers is the result of Raquel’s obsessive fascination with the terabytes of information that exist in each minuscule movement of another person. It is a reflection on intimacy that is explored one- to-one and constructed for the stage, all real and all fake. Each time the door opens for a new lover, Raquel André dives into an abyss that is the other, and reality and fiction merge. Each encounter is real. The flirtation is real. The intimacy may feel more real than fiction. And Raquel, the obsessive collector, holds on to the moments of each meeting, the rare objects of her peculiar collection, ephemeral and infinite.
Duration: 60 minutes, without intermission
This performance contains flashing lights and a smoke machine