toxic dreams – The Art of Asking your Boss for a Raise
toxic dreams – The Art of Asking your Boss for a Raise, Photo Credit: Tim Tom
In The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise, toxic dreams take the audience on an absurd trip across an anonymous corporate universe. As a minor employee decides to ask his boss for a raise, he finds himself lost in the internalised conditional loops of his corporation’s organisational logic. A comedy, sugared with moments of slapstick, and a contemplative reflection on life in the algorithm and the passing of time.
The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise is based on the identically named novel by Georges Perec. Pessimistic yet lovable, funny and always entertaining, Perec takes a pervasive look at the world of office work, no less accuratet today than in 1968, when the story was written. The author extracted six allegorical characters from the employee's inner voices, which director Yosi Wanunu now sends through an absurd and tragicomic choreography of aimlessness and timelessness, in which they move from one crazy and surprising scenario to the next. Stage and sound design also allow the audience to immerse deep into the absurd cosmos of an open-plan office, from the screeching scanner to the rattling shredder.
toxic dreams was established in 1997 by producer Kornelia Kilga and writer/director Yosi Wanunu. The group has since put on more than 70 productions. In perennial work cycles and collaborative procedures, toxic dreams devise both aesthetically and formally diverse formats. Their current cycle is entitled Real Fiction and deals with the meaning of the (political) narrative between the poles of truth and fiction.