In her long term project You Don’t Love Me Yet, which has toured to different international cities between 2002 and 2005, Johanna Billing invites musicians to play a live version of a song by Roky Erickson according to their own interpretation. On 5 August a presentation of You Don't Love Me Yet is presented at the Theater aan de Parade in Den Bosch.
In the work You Don’t Love Me Yet, the interpretive agency of each performer becomes explicit. Local bands gather together at each venue singing the same song again and again. The city and its music, its language and its local characteristics become central to this project each time it is performed. Through repetition, this event becomes a strange space beyond the norms of musical performance and this songs poignant articulation of longing is expressed in a variety of ways, and indeed at different levels of both expertise and emotion. This work is also about paying tribute, by enacting another person’s words and music; something which Billing notes is not often part of the expectation of contemporary art where ideas of authorship and originality are still privileged over repetition and re-enactment of another’s work. Taking on the codes and apparatuses of theatre, of the festival, and of the live event, became a fruitful and unfamiliar context through which to produce these large scale projects.