A man and a woman tell stories of ordinary and not-so-ordinary heartbreak, each story accompanied by a single iconic image. A red telephone on a hotel bed. A subway station. The view from a window. A green Mercedes.
The woman repeatedly recounts the end of an affair; each time remembering it differently, adding details, finding new ways to both remember and forget what happened. The man tells stories from many different people; each a snapshot of sorrow that takes its place in a growing catalogue of suffering, break-ups, humiliations, deaths, bad dentistry and love letters that never arrive.
In this simple and intimate performance, based on a project by renowned French conceptual artist Sophie Calle, Forced Entertainment explore how language, memory and forgetting move to contain, preserve or erase events. Exquisite Pain is about love, loss, and the stories we tell ourselves when things have gone wrong.
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Saturday 22 October 2005 @ 8pm