the love stories donation desk 2017-18 Durational performance and installation
The Love Stories Donation Desk is a pop-up office that collects true love stories from voluntary donors and transfers them to anyone who might need them for any reason - for example, persons who want to get married in order to obtain asylum or residency permits but who are not 'real couples', and therefore need to invent and perform a love story for the official validation interviews and other bureaucratic procedures they might have to undergo.
Those lovers who desire to donate their story will be invited into a process that borrows the format of the official interviews that migration institutions perform in several EU countries (and beyond) when couples from different nationalities want to get married - chiefly when one of them is 'a foreigner'. In these conversations, performed in order to verify if a couple is 'a real couple', the same set of questions is posed to each of the lovers separately, their answers compared for resemblance and their story examined through a series of official criteria of what is legally accepted as a 'couple'.
If a donated love story passes the test, it is archived by the Love Stories Donation Desk and made openly available for anyone who requests one. The Love Stories Donation Desk hence provides applicants with credible and law-fitting love stories, already checked through the filter of official criteria of 'coupledom' and coherence of the answers - ready to wear.
A publication entitled A Love Stories Compendium has been developed in residence at Het Huis Utrecht documenting the stories collected at the office.
Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, October 2017 Antic Teatre, Barcelona, February 2018 Winters Binnen, Amsterdam, February 2018 DAS Theatre, MP Presentations, Amsterdam, June 2018 Art in Oost, QRU, Amsterdam, July 2018 Zurcher Theater Spektakel, August 2018 Upcoming: Teatro Conde Duque, Madrid, March 2019
Performers: Clara García Fraile Rodrigo Batista Annefleur Schep
In collaboration with Pablo Sacristán
Photos by Giulia Passamonti and Thomas Lenden / DAS Theatre.