Echoes is a play about the perpetrators of violence, their confession to this violence, and the strategies they develop before and after they confess their role as perpetrators. In this performance I plays the role of a mourning father and doctor whose daughter the audience first deduce, has been kidnapped and disappeared under dictatorship. Alone on stage whilst crushing a square of glass and turning on myself I narrate my grief and pantomimes desperately recounting the last moments of a family scene on a Tuesday afternoon before my daughter is forcibly taken from the family living room. The performance impact comes at the end, when I undergo a grotesque identity transformation and reveal to the audience that I am a medical doctor who had forged the death certificates of a couple and had taken their newborn baby and raised her with his wife as their own daughter. Afterward, spectators are left stunned and indignant that they had identified so strongly with a character that revealed himself to be a repressor at the end of the play.
(Photo – Jennifer Hodgson)