Thu 12.05.2011    08:00

WALK EAST — Erotic Poems by Norma Kluster :: Chapter I — Notes on Absence >> Thursday, May 12th, 20h00, Atelierul de Producție

“Beauty and Ugliness. Both potentially desired. Memory and Fiction. Fiction and Love. Fiction and Biography. There is no fidelity on the visual translation. Just a review of the personal embodied content.”

On the first chapter of her book-installation in process, Cristiane Bouger investigates the waiting and the expectation from an autobiographical perspective. Absence and death are the leitmotiv of the work, which is made of small rites of passage. Cherries are constantly re-observed unveiling overlapped meanings. Symbols of desire and rejection as well maturing and death are embodied on the videos that are part of her live performance. A constant movement score made of memories more than actions stresses the passage of time. Through a study of desire, fiction, love and memory, the performer intertwines the maturing process of her romantic ideals and the influence of an older brother who was murdered.

Notes on Absence is the first of a series of seven chapter-performances, which will compose a visual book-installation on desire, fiction and erotic signage.

As in earlier works, Bouger is interested in the reformulation of established codes, in observing the values we give them and how these values are revealed when she presents usual codes in an inconvenient or awkward manner. She attempts to explore how dissonant symbols are perceived, how desire and repulse are provoked from the confrontation with unexpected symbolic structures.

Cristiane Bouger (1977 in Curitiba, Brazil; lives and works in New York, USA) develops work in the fields of performance art, installation, contemporary dance, experimental theater, text and video to engage in a discourse intertwining body, biography, culture and politics.

In Brazil, Walk East – Chapter I was co-produced by Couve-flor — Minicomunidade Artística Mundial and ACT — Ateliê de Criação Teatral, in 2007. In August 2011, it will be presented at II Mostra de Repertório Couve-flor in Brazil, with funds from Projeto de Manutenção Petrobrás 2010.

>> poster by Larissa Brandao (

:: project supported by The Romanian Cultural Institute, The Romanian Cultural Institute New York, Atelierul de Producție ::

Tickets: 10 lei
Atelierul de Producție is at 160, Splaiul Unirii (near Timpuri Noi)