2003-02-25 - The performance – Berliner Festspiele Berlin
Young homeless people from Moscow are talking from the stage about their everyday life. The main "instrument of production" of homeless youth is their speech. Endlessly retelling various stories, inventing every time new tales of all kinds and manners, they provoke fear, respect, sorrow, pity, sympathy for them. Retelling it once and twice, they are somehow giving back different journalistic cliche, "terrible incidents", invented not by themselves. But this stories become part of their inner mythology. It's impossible to understand and distinguish where truth and lies are. But you shall be charmed listening to them, because every homeless child is talented social actor. More precisely, he has to be such an actor. To get his everyday money. To stay within this community. Actually, we know almost nothing about their real life. And all we hear from their side is in fact not evident. Who knows, maybe their selfrepresentation-stories are much distant from the truth, which nobody essentially know.