shoot me is a performance by Luke Baio and Dominik Grünbühel.
shoot me does not have a plot per se. We watch Luke Baio and Dominik Grünbühel filming each other in more or less inscrutable movements and poses, changing costumes wildly, exchanging hats, dancing, moving sets. In the end they hand out popcorn and we get to see the short film they just made and which was edited live and got its soundtrack live, too.
shoot me was amazingly brilliant. It was fun to watch the process of the filming – with some very clever special effects (done in camera) – and the resulting film was really extremely cool – especially for a film that took only about an hour to make (not counting the planning which was extensive).
In the past four years that I have been a regular visitor of the Festwochen, I’ve seen three performances (including this one). I always went for something dance-related before and I always thought that it was going to be cool and it never really was. This year, I went for something only in the vaguest sense dance-related and it sounded so “high concept” that I was pretty sure it was going to suck. But, you know, no risk, no fun. Which makes it even better that this production was so utterly great and charming.
There was a very familiar atmosphere – there were only about 50 people in the room and they basically started to shoot as soon as the first people entered the room. Which meant that at first, you didn’t really know that they had already begun. But you were quickly transfixed by the goings-on on “stage”, by the rapid changes and the way Baio and Grünbühel worked together – they’re obviously very used to it and do it well.
The whole thing was accompanied by interesting sounds and nice music. And in the end, I was really excited to see the result – which was even better than I thought it would be. They promised to send us DVDs with the film (for those who couldn’t stay to wait around and since * had to leave, I didn’t stay around either) and I’m obsessively checking my mailbox to see if it hasn’t arrived yet. Really looking forward to that.
Summarising: I don’t know if they plan on showing it somewhere else, but if they do, you should definitely see it.