The Quiet Volume, a self-generated performance for two at a time, exploits the particular tension of libraries: that combination of silence and concentration within which our reading experiences unfold. Taking cues from words both written and whispered through headphones, the two audience members/ participants follow an unlikely path through a pile of books. The Quiet Volume exposes the strange magic at the heart of reading, allowing this internal experience to spread out onto the surrounding space and neighboring readers.

Commissioned and produced by Ciudades Paralelas, a festival of portable theater curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias, artistic production management by Katja Timmerberg, developed in co-production between HAU Berlin and Schauspielhaus Z├╝rich, in collaboration with Goethe-Institute Warschau, Teatr Nowy and the foundation of Teatr Nowy, commissioned by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Swiss Cultural foundation Pro Helvetia and Goethe Institute Buenos Aires. In co-production with Vooruit Arts Centre, Belgium. www.ciudadesparlelas.com