The newest Alexandra Pirici creation premieres in Düsseldorf

The performance ”Delicate Instruments of Engagement” by Alexandra Pirici, one of the most important Romanian choreographers and a central figure of the new generation of performance artists, will have its premiere in Düsseldorf, on June 24, in the frame of the Impulse Theater Festival 2017.

It is a production of Impulse Theater Festival and FFT Düsseldorf in coproduction with Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the art association for Rhinelande und Westfalia, the National Centre for Dance in Bucharest, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Tanzquartier Wien, funded by the Ministry for family, children, youth, culture, and sports of Northrhine-Westfalia and NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ Koproduktionsförderung Tanz funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Departments of Culture and Arts of the German federal state based on a decision by the German Bundestag.

“Works of art become bodies, images become real”

Around thirty years after Joseph Beuys’ death, Alexandra Pirici’s new work looks at Düsseldorf’s specific heritage as an historic site where the boundaries of art and politics were broken, and roams across the past, present and future. Is today’s society of total spectacle the final manifestation of the concept of social sculpture and Beuys’ idea of the world as Gesamtkunstwerk? When new information technologies turn the real into staged performances, can art and theater then still help to unpack the real and prepare the ground for new narratives?

Alexandra Pirici re-mediates images and events that have become iconographic memories of our times as well as lesser known ones into a mixed brand of popular culture and political gestures. The broadcast of Ceaușescu’s execution following the Romanian revolution and Pussy Riot’s punk prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow merge with Melania Trump and Michele Obama’s similar public speeches, Joseph Beuys’s Japanese whiskey commercial that helped him fund his ‘7000 Oaks’ project for documenta and the last speech of Salvador Allende, before his death during the American-backed coup in Chile.

The programme of ”Delicate Instruments of Engagement” within the Impulse Theater Festival 2017 is as follows: June 24 (vernissage, between 2 PM and 6 PM), June 25 (11 AM – 6 PM), June 29 (4 PM – 8 PM), June 30 (4 PM – 8 PM) and July 1 (11 AM – 6 PM). The ongoing actions will take place at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, which also hosts the ticket office.

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Photo credit Andrei Dinu