Thu 02.11.2017 16:00
Fri 03.11.2017 16:00
DELICATE INSTRUMENTS OF ENGAGEMENT// The Contemporary Dance Season
THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 2nd-3d of October, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., Omnia Hall
Ongoing performative action
by Alexandra Pirici
Performed by: Paul Dunca, Paula Gherghe, Farid Fairuz, Maria Mora, Cristian Nanculescu
A production of Impulse Theater Festival and FFT Düsseldorf in coproduction with Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the art association for Rhinelande und Westfalia, the National Centre of Dance Bucharest, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Tanzquartier Wien, 2017
‘Delicate Instruments of Engagement’ is an ongoing performative action dedicated to representation and the representative: a subjective selection of images, situations, political speeches, internet memes, important events within pop culture, art and politics re-mediated by five performers. A virtual exhibition space is created within the physical space. How is reality manufactured, how is history written, commented upon and changed in our memories and in the embodiment process, how does this play with significant real-life events as abstract objects reveal different relations between them and hidden layers of meaning? Members of the audience become involved in the constantly shifting landscape of monuments, actions and gestures while being able to chose new beginnings. In this way a continually rewritten iconographic archive of political events itself becomes a social act. The broadcast of Ceaușescu’s execution following the Romanian revolution and the Confused Travolta meme merge with Melania Trump and Michele Obama’s similar public speeches, the covering of Guernica at the UN during Collin Powel’s speech advocating for American intervention in Irak, Joseph Beuys’s Japanese whiskey commercial that helped him fund his „7000 Oaks“ project for documenta and the last speech of Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, before his death during the American backed coup against the first democratically elected socialist government in Chile.
Since her projects such as the Romanian pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale together with Manuel Pelmus and subsequent works shown in contexts such as Berlin Biennale 9, Tate Modern London and Skulptur Projekte Munster, Romanian choreographer Alexandra Pirici has been a central protagonist among her generation of young artists that use performance as a medium.
What power do political gestures have inside and outside the artistic space? Where performance art usually declares bodies to be works of art, in Pirici’s work art works become bodies and images become reality.
The Contemporary Dance Season is a cultural project financed within the cultural programme Bucharest, Participatory City by the Bucharest Mayor Office through the Cultural Projects Centre ARCUB.