Legends & Rumours 2013

Phil Hayes, Maria Jerez, Thomas Kasebacher

Created new each evening and using an elaborate game as a starting point, performers Phil Hayes, Maria Jerez und Thomas Kasebacher set out to ask themselves what turns a moment into a legend and whether it is possible to create a past out the present. How do moments become stories and how do stories become legends? Is it possible to apply the same language of legend and rumour to other events and memories of both creation and destruction and so turn them into legends? If we treat the present as the past can we talk about it differently, see things in a different light and what happens when the events of the outside world start to collide with our own versions of the truth? 

  • Premiere:  14. May 2013 Gessnerallee Zurich
  • Direction:  Phil Hayes
  • Created in collaboration and performed by:  Phil Hayes, Maria Jerez, Thomas Kasebacher
  • Dramaturgy:  Julia Hinterm├╝ller
  • Lighting Design:  Tina Bleuler/Patrik Riman
  • Sound:  Thomas Peter/Susanne Affolter
  • Production Assistant:  Nadine Tobler
  • Production:  Lukas Piccolin. Verein First Cut Productions
  • Image/Graphic Design:  Adrian Elsener
  • Photographs:  Niklaus Spoerri

"A magnificent theatrical Trinity of situation comedy, deception and Samuel Beckett style hopelessness." Tages Anzeiger

A Verein First Cut Productions production
Coproduction with; Gessnerallee Zurich, Theatre de l'Usine - Festival Particules Genf, Kaserne Basel, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Mousonturm Frankfurt, brut Wien und Migros Kulturprozent.

Supported by; Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung und PRAIRIE: „Das Koproduktionsmodell des Migros-Kulturprozent mit innovativen Schweizer Theatergruppen"

Legends & Rumours has been performed over 50 times including at; Gessnerallee Zurich, Kaserne Basel, Théâtre de l'Usine Geneva, Mousonturm Frankfurt, PACT Essen, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Sommer Szene Salzburg, brut Vienna, Theatre Vidy - Festival Commun Lausanne,  Latitudes Contemporaines Festival Lille-Roubaix, Terni Festival Italy, Actoral Festival Marseille, Paul Eluard Chiosy-le-Roi, Journées de Théâtre Suisse Contemporain, Wuzhen Int. Theatre Festival and Danae Festival Milan, The­ater Aan Het Vri­jthof, Maas­tricht and La Villette Paris,

Dreams was written on one of those nights when there really wasn't anything for me to do, so I went down the hall to a studio that was here in the Record Plant that was Sly Stone's studio and when I had nothing to do I could take all my own stuff down there. so i would take an electric piano with me and you know my crocheting .. and you know my journals and my books and my art and I just kind of would stay there until they needed me. And so one day, sitting in Sly stones bed, with this big black curtained bed, fabulous you know totally - i wasn't my room you know so it could be fabulous - it was somebody elses room, i just went in there one afternoon and wrote dreams. and I knew when I wrote it that it was really special and i was not insecure or self-concious about showing it to the rest of the band. I knew they would like it.

  • Photo: Michela Di Savino
    Photo: Michela Di Savino
    Photo: Michela Di Savino
    Photo: Michela Di Savino
    Photo: Michela Di Savino
  • photo: Niklaus Spoerri
    Photo: Michela Di Savino
    photo: Niklaus Spoerri
    Photo: Michela Di Savino
    Photo: Michela Di Savino
    photo: Niklaus Spoerri