"It is the desperate moment when we discover that this empire, which had seemed to us the sum of all wonders, is an endless, formless ruin."



Live Cinema Performance


THIS FESTIVAL - Goldsmiths University, London UK  June 2017

A live cinema experience combining physical theatre and small scale set design, playing with the different perspectives through which we look at one thing. The performance plays with juxtaposition of life as seen through the lens of a camera and human eye in an experiential audience journey into the relativity of size and scale.


The audience, after watching a movie in the screen is invited to immerse and discover the world that is behind it, altering the experience of seeing and creating a new frame for the viewer and for the object that is viewed. What seemed to be real size in the movie, is actually miniature world. A doll’s house, a ocean inside a fish tank and a forest of broccoli - four small scale activated installations.The relativity of size and scale, as a metaphor for the relativity of life, and the duality of things. 

The piece explores the sense of belonging in relation to memory and experience, and the confusion between reality and illusion.

created by Francine Kliemann  in collaboration with performance maker Pannaga Jois (India) and support from Goldsmiths University of London.


This place is the work of the gods, was my first thought. I explored the uninhabited spaces, and I corrected myself: The gods that built this place have died. Then I reflected upon its peculiarities, and told myself: The gods that built this place were mad.

"Everything about this project was original. From your interest in quantum to the eventual performance, a journey had taken place of intensely delicate and creative collaboration, with your imaginations firing throughout in purposeful and always pragmatic approaches to the complex task you set yourselves."