Event for a Stage (2014) was a one-act performance presented in the round at Carriageworks. Featuring a 50-minute monologue performed by Stephen Dillane in the role of the Actor, each night’s presentation varied slightly, which was in part due to Dillane’s hair and makeup changes, as well as Dean’s spontaneous direction. The monologue combined four different texts, including a soliloquy from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and excerpts from Heinrich von Kleist’s essay “On the Marionette Theatre”. Two 16mm cameras positioned on stage captured the entire performance.
Through splicing together carefully selected shots from all four performances, Dean’s 16mm film document explores the medium of film, her role as director, and the nature of the actor’s presence on stage.
Tacita Dean studied art at the Falmouth School of Fine Art in England, the Supreme School of Fine Art in Athens, and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has received the Aachen Art Prize (2002); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2004); the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005); the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006); and the Kurt Schwitters Prize (2009). Dean has also participated in the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2005, and dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012.
Commissioned by Carriageworks and the 19th Biennale of Sydney in association with ABC RN. With additional support of Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris. Original performances filmed between 1 and 4 May 2014 at Carriageworks, Sydney
Tacita Dean: Event for a Stage
Starring Stephen Dillane (The Hours, Spy Game, King Arthur, Game of Thrones), Tacita Dean’s Event for a Stage (2015) was originally presented over four nights at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Each performance was slightly different, and was captured on two 16mm cameras positioned on stage. Dean has since edited this footage to create an astonishingly complex film that explores the tensions and dramas of the creative process.