Nick Payne: Constellations

Nick Payne: Constellations
Library Shelf Location 35.PAYN
Publication Date 2012

One relationship. Infinite possibilities.
In the beginning Marianne and Roland meet at a party. They go for a drink, or perhaps they don't. They fall madly in love and start dating, but eventually they break up. After a chance encounter in a supermarket they get back together, or maybe they run into each other and Marianne reveals that she's now engaged to someone else and that's that. Or perhaps Roland is engaged. Maybe they get married, or maybe their time together will be tragically short.
Nick Payne's Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it's also about quantum multiverse theory, love, and honey.

Related to the Ida Ekblad exhibition at BALTIC (8 May – 31 August 2015)

"The exhibition centres on a group of sculptures designed as a stage set for Constellations 2012, a play by British writer Nick Payne which explores the notion that everything you can imagine is simultaneously happening in a parallel universe. The set’s twisted metal, basketballs, fishing nets, flowers and large white gates guarded by alien figures inhabit the exhibition space.

Since 2008 Ekblad has searched for materials on unplanned journeys, dérives, or ‘drifts’. For the Situationists, a revolutionary alliance of European avant-garde artists, writers and poets formed in 1957, the dérive was a way of breaking the monotony of capitalist urban life, allowing a spontaneous encounter with the city. Ekblad finds a small pocket of freedom in this approach. Her materials are suggestive of the past, with each piece ‘embodying its own associations, from its previous life, colour, shape and patina’. Ekblad’s drifts have taken her to scrapyards around the world – places she finds hauntingly beautiful, with twisted, now functionless metal corpses evocative of the passing of life. She welds these pieces of metal together like the words of her poems, which are selected for sounds and forms."

Quantity 1
Author Nick Payne
Format Paperback
Publisher Faber and Faber, London
Categories Non-art books relating to BALTIC exhibitions, Theatre
Keyword Fiction
Related Event Ida Ekblad (8 May – 31 August 2015)
Language English

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