SHORT OF LYING
a storytelling performance about deception
SHORT OF LYING is a storytelling performance about deception. More specifically, it’s a project about the relationships between the rhetoric strategies used by bullshitters (in communication media) and unreliable narrators (in literature). In literary criticism, the unreliable narrator is that who misreports, misinterprets or misevaluates events, usually blurring the realms of ethics, knowledge and perception in highly entertaining ways. In reality, the bullshitter is that who has no concern with the idea of truth, who involves his audience in a program of making assertions without paying attention to anything except what suits one to say (and doing it to whatever extend the circumstances require). The piece is situated in the conflicting realm of online publishing which since the 90’s has been appropriating narrative thinking and storytelling to serve the neoliberal logics. Drawing inspiration from several works of fiction — written by authors such as Dostoyevsky, Poe, Mark Z. Daniewlewsky, Zöe Heller, Italo Calvino, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis— my intend is to reverse this process of appropriation and reflect on bullshit through a literary perspective. Here, I take the role of the storyteller, making use of personal narratives to address stories of media manipulators, corrupt politicians, professional impostors, neuroscience marketeers, con-artists, Ted talkers, religious leaders...Short of Lying is about how plastic deception can be and how it assumes different roles on the level of discourse: bluffing, mystification, fraud, misdirection, imposition, propaganda, trickery, hoax, bullshit.
written and performed by Luanda Casella
dramaturgy_ Sébastien Hendrickx
support & residencies_ Workspace Brussels, WP Zimmer, Campo, CC de Grote Post, KASK School of Arts,VERBO International Performing Arts Festival / Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo), and Stad Gent.
13/11/2017 - 29/11/2017
CC DE GROTE POST Residency
09/10/2017 - 20/10/2017
VERBO 13th Performance Art Festival
GALERIA VERMELHO São Paulo
WP ZIMMER/ Residency
29/05/2017 - 04/06/2017
TRY-OUT 02/06/2017 and /or 03/06/2017
15/05/2017 - 20/05/2017
TRY-OUT 19/05/2017 and/or 20/05/2017
KAAI THEATRE/ Workspace Brussels
10/04/2017 - 14/04/2017
Workshop on "Unreliable Narrators"
03/04/2017 - 07/04/2017
HUISKAMER FESTIVAL CHAMBRES D'O
MUZZE & CC DE GROTE POST
27, 28, 29 January, 2017
KAAI THEATRE / Workspace Brussels
10/10/2016 - 14/10/2016
EXHIBITION "TRUE STORIES"
In De Ruimte, Gent
WORKING TITTLE SITUATION
LECTURE: book "On Bullshit" by Harry Frankfurt
"...the bullshitter involves you in his program of making assertions without paying attention to anything except what suits him to say, and doing it to whatever extend the circumstances require.”