"My Body in Nine Parts".
Author: Raymond Federman
Genre: Radio play
Production: DKultur 2008
Translation and editing: Gaby Hartel
Recording date: March 2008
Music: Art De Fakt
Director: Götz Naleppa
Assistant Director: Karena Lütge
Sound and technology: Lutz Pahl, Herrmann Leppich
Raymond Federman, Martin Engler - Voices
Music: Urban Elsässer, Ludger Singer, Anja Kowalski, Aram Schneider, Brigitta Schäfer, Uwe Böttcher - Art De Fakt
Text with music: Federman talks about his body - from his little-loved Jewish nose to the nine scars on his body...
Radio Play of the Month (May 2008)
Statement of the Jury of the German Academy of Performing Arts:
Light-footed, self-deprecating, witty, philosophical is this acoustic performance in which Raymond Federman takes a descriptive distance to his body and at the same time enters into tenderly familiar proximity with it. One's own body, the whole, dissected into nine parts - from the eyes to the hair, the tongue, the toes, the sexual organ, the broken molar to the scars - reassembles itself into a biography of the body, into a life story whose traces have inscribed themselves in the body - or determined the fate of life, like the 'genetic design', the Jewish nose, the 'topological memorial for all those who have been destroyed'.
The voice also has the status of a body part, the most important one: "When I speak, I am telling myself", Federman formulates. Or: 'I speak, therefore I am'. A 'part of the body', then, which plays a central role in the acoustic medium of radio, along with the music. And these elements - voice, language, musicality - come together in this body performance to form a unity that congenially takes up and supports the improvisational character of Federman's texts: Translated into German and adapted for radio by Gaby Hartel with a fine sense of Federman's irony, staged with artful ease by Götz Naleppa and both musically commented on and driven forward by the jazz band Art De Fakt, the voices of Raymond Federman and his German alter ego Martin Engler become integral parts of a sophisticated overall composition. A listening pleasure that is irresistibly captivating.
PRIX ITALIA 2009