The Bakery | As If Stranger
Richard Siegal's The Bakery
The Bakery, Richard Siegal, Dance

As If Stranger

As If Stranger, the final episode in the Strangertrilogy, is a performance merging vibrant and haunting movement with live streams of video, audio and text. The narrative underpinnings of the piece probe the multiple realities in which we live, intimate yet often alien.


A perceptual arena is created, in which the dancerʼs physical space and mental projections are echoed by the set, strewn with snaking electrical cables, video monitors, plugs and other equipment. Identities are challenged and remain in constant flux: Who is this stranger? Intelligence agent or agent of artificial intelligence? Prisoner under surveillance or simple spectator?


Oscillating between fact and fiction, As If Stranger pushes us to (re)consider our physical, social and psychological models.




Date: 2006
Duration: 50 minutes


Set Design: Virginie Mira, Richard Siegal
Composition/Sound Design: Amaury Groc
Video: Philip Bußmann, Norbert Pape
Light Design: Gilles Gentner, Antoine Seigneur-Guerrini
Dramaturgy: Christine Peters


Performers: Richard Siegal


Musicians: Wolfgang Zamastil (cello)


Partners: The Bakery, Danspace Project (New York City), Deutsches Nationaltheater (Weimar), Muffathalle (Munich), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), The Forsythe Company, with friendly support from the Fabrik Potsdam, Services Culturels de France (New York). The production was supported by the National Performance Network with funding provided by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of its project Dance Plan Germany.