A long distance conversation about love, birth, soap operas and missed calls.
For the past three years Samara has been living and studying in Amsterdam. During this time, she was often on the phone with her cousin Zac, back in Australia.
“Call me anytime you want”, is a phrase he’d often say to her as they’d hang up the phone.
Since lock down they have been speaking every night at 10pm.
These phone calls last no more than 3 minutes and always end with the promise of another call, the next night.
The short, serial nature of the calls started to feel like a soap opera, a genre that Zac is very familiar with. Every day at 4:30pm he watches the American soap opera, Bold and the Beautiful. He even quit a job at a salad bar because he couldn’t get home in time for 4:30pm.
Samara’s practice explores conversation as performance and performance as conversation. She is particularly interested in ways to stage absence and in exploring notions of presence, of remote performance and of the tension between distance and intimacy. Call Me Anytime You Want is a conversation about being together, across physical and emotional distances and is an attempt to fantasize about all the things the future may or may not provide.
This first iteration of the work was created through a remote 4 week residency at Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam; Welcome to our Guesthouse
Performed and created by Samara Hersch and Zac Chester
Associate Artist: Cassandra Fumi
Creative Technologist: Fred Rodrigues
Film maker: Pier Carthew
Composition: Tilman Robinson
Artistic Advisors: Tchelet Weisstub and Edit Kaldor
Dramaturgy: Maria Rößler and Lara Thoms
Promotional image by Pier Carthew and Styling by Kate Davis
With thanks to Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam; Welcome to our Guesthouse and the many others that supported this process including: Arts House Melbourne, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Damian Rebgetz, Emile Zile, Susanne Steinmassl, Sandra Chester, Malu Peeters and my colleagues from DAS Theatre.