Artist in Residence, September 2016: Katharina Schmitt

New playwright in town: Katharina Schmitt is this month’s Artist in Residence from the Czech Republic at the Q21 / Museumsquartier. Born in Bremen, Germany in 1979, Katharina Schmitt studied theatre Directing at the Academy pf Performing Arts (DAMU) in Prague between 2001 and 2006. She is currently an associate director of the Studio Hrdinu theatre in Prague. Her plays were so far staged in theatres in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and the US.

Her project has the working title: ‘Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.’ The title alludes to a quote by Emily Dickinson, which also serves as the introductory text for the play/sound Installation:

Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door;
Or has it feathers like a bird,
Or billows like a shore?

This is how Katharina Schmitt describes her project: It is an exploration of the dreams of blind people. I would like to conduct a series of interviews with people who are born blind about the form of their dreams. Do they imagine any kind of visuality at all? What do their dreams sound like? And how do the narratives in their dreams take shape, given that they are not based on visual imagery? I will conduct these interviews before and during the residency. The interviews will then serve as my core material for a play, which I will work on during the residency. I am especially interested in the functioning of narrative, which is not based on imagery, but relies on different forms of sensual Memory.