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The Repossessed
A dramatic reading of Djuna Barnes' Nightwood
2019

Directed by Bernardo Zanotta
Performed by Sissi Venturin, Aaron Willhelm, Mavi Veloso, Patircia Janeiro, Leonie Kuipers
Live sound by Lennart Smidt
Filmed by Silvia Ulloa Marquez
Produced by Nia Konstantinova
Designed by Natalia Papaeva

The Repossessed departs from Djuna Barnes' 1936 novel, Nightwood, a tale of love and obsession in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality dissolve before one's very eyes.

Djuna Barnes' characters are haunted by their own alliance with the night and its vices. In the story, we are confronted with Nora Flood's journey in search of her lover, Robin Vote. Re-animating this historical text, an array of references such as pop music, feminist pornography and gothic horror are addressed on stage. The performance exposes the manifold universes of Nightwood in the form of a dramatic reading by three actors accomplanied by video projections and discursive elements, such as 'The (Re)possesed Issue', a zine published by WORM and VHDG for the occasion. This project is the first of a series Zanotta has been developing on the closet drama genre a minor category of plays intended for private reading, reconciling its double premise of queer secrecy and staging impossibility.

Bernardo Zanotta is a Brazlian visual artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He holds a bachelor degree in Moving Image from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie where he is currently a fellow at LAPS (Lectoraat Art & Public Spcae). His films have been screened and awarded at festivals such as Locarno, Oberhausen, Queer Lisboa and Vilnius, among others, and streamed on platforms such as Kinoscope. In recent years, he has exhibited in art spaces such as Nieuwe Vide, SIGN, Hotel Maria Kapel, Stockholm Supermarket Artfair and PS Mirabel. He is a member of the artist-run film lab, Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam, and additionally collaborates with the production complanies If You Hold a Stone (BR), Near/by film (NL) and Venin (FR).