Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Pete Livingstone and Nina Kareis on Klip

This article is from 2014

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Pete Livingstone and Nina Kareis on Klip

The pair, from Danish company Livingstones Kabinet, experiment with anarchic live sketches

By inviting potential audiences to discover 'what happens inside the head of a chicken', and how to 'dance a meat advert', Livingstones Kabinet are claiming the surreal, comic high ground that trails back through British comedy, like the recently-resurrected Monty Python, to murky origins in the European avant-garde.

'The company's style is rooted in the Dada style,' admits Pete Livingstone, co-founder and composer. But far from a pastiche of past revolution, Klip follows the spirit of the anarchic live artists through a contemporary devising process. 'The show was put together by playing parlour games to generate material,' he explains.

Director and co-founder Nina Kareis elaborates. 'It is a real experiment! The reaction we have had so far is that some people find it hilarious, some find it very moving, but no-one has seen anything like it.' Yet despite the humour, and the method of creation, Klip isn't a trivial bunch of sketches.

'We ended up with random juxtapositions which we threw together,' says Kareis. 'We wanted to take random and not important elements and put them on stage. Then it is basically about the fragmentation of our day and age … ' Livingstone interrupts: 'and the whole universe falling to pieces. And we are all fucked. But apart from that, it is a very entertaining evening.'

Summerhall, 560 1581, 1–24 Aug, 5.20pm, £11 (£9).


  • 3 stars

Livingstones Kabinet Award-winning theatre from Denmark, combining performance, dance and live music. An exquisitely orchestrated descent to chaos reducing audiences to both laughter and tears. We enter a strange, tightly choreographed world assembled from randomly generated material. We then witness this world being…