Mazlum Nergiz - DRIFT

DRIFT is a sensorial scenography of listening and writing. In a wave-like environment, a cosmos of cruising stories is being unfolded through words and live music.

A nameless narrator takes us on a lucid journey of wandering after smashing the architecture of control he constructed his life on. We follow him into ruins, abandoned buildings, night clubs — all spaces in which people meet to fuck, to look, to touch, to be with one another. Slowly but steadily, we are drawn into his inner depths and anonymous encounters revealing loneliness, self-hatred, and emotional homelessness.

How much risk can a life, a body, bear? To which extent are queer relationships damaged by forces of shame, erasion, repression, and invisibility? Why does intimacy so quickly turn into violence? Which bodies are rendered invisible? Do words move us and how do they do it? Can a space become a text? Can a story be told through a space? DRIFT is a vulnerable terrain that performs disappearance as an experience — a sonic body of stories on belonging and non-belonging, isolation and community, pain and lust, gardens and wastelands. An invitation to float.

Mazlum Nergiz is a writer, theatre maker and curator. His work sits at the intersection of performance, radio and theatre. He has a genuine interest in experiments that try to unlock new visual languages of transdisciplinary collaboration. In 2021, he won the Hans-Gratzer-Fellowship by Schauspielhaus Wien (Vienna, Austria) for his piece COMA. In May 2021, the walk-in video installation Ein faszinierender Plan will be opening this year’s Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen (Germany) which has been developed in collaboration with Marius Goldhorn, Enis Maci, Tanita Olbrich and Pascal Richmann. In June 2021, his piece 1000 Eyes will premiere under the direction of Juan Miranda at Théâtre 13 (Paris, France).




Scenography: Larissa Kramarek

Performance: Maria Magdalena Kozłowska, Pía Laborde-Noguez

Music: Maria Magdalena Kozłowska, Jan Tomza-Osiecki

Book, Illustrations: Leonie Ott, Christophe Armand

Light design: Grischa Runge

Objects: Oscar Olivo


Tutor: Lara Staal

External advisor: Zarah Bracht, Jasper Delbecke, Maaike Gouwenberg