Swedish company, Poste Restante, creates interactive performances where the audience’s participation and individual experiences are the focal point. Their work is made up of activities that are unexpected and wholly true to life. Everything that happens is real; there are no fictive back-stories. The pieces are site-specific, leaving every nook, cranny and broom cupboard accessible to the visiting audience. No areas are marked off or on stage.
Activities might include an evening class on the art of small talk, or a visit to a room set up for religious introspection. In Poste Restante’s pieces, visitors work personally with the performers to consider challenging life questions. The questions stem from the company’s own inner conflicts that may be experienced as shameful, and for which there may be no answers. The pieces aim to create acceptance and understanding, as opposed to finding solutions to problems.
Poste Restante is a collaboration between Swedish artists Linn Hilda Lamberg and Stefan Åkesson. They have worked together since graduating in 2007 from the Dramatic Institute of Stockholm; Linn Hilda as a set designer and Stefan as a dramaturge. Poste Restante has also worked with curator Erik Berg since 2009.