Performance: 27 -28 April, 2012
Participants: Rafael Pettersson, Lisa Carlehed, Mårten Strömqvist, Joar Dahlskog,
Hilda Larsdotter Kronberg, Adam Stålhammar, Nora Hadaf
Duration: 1 hour
”What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.”
Calvero in Limelight by Charlie Chaplin.
FOR THEY KNOW NOT is a multifaceted and an abstract love story in the border between thriller and poetry staged in a film set, where we will hear what happens when the lights go out.
The location is a private a physiotherapy room where the characters are set in motion in something resembling an obstacle course, both mentally and physically. Love and desire is subject to barriers to take shape and become significant. Through a doorway with blinds the audience crosses the stage for the scenes, a dim room with kitchenette, a desk and an enlarged obstacle course. Everything becomes dark and the light on the stage goes up and Etienne Motion makes his entrance.
In fragmentary scenes the spectators follow Eitienne Motion, a neuroscientist, and his relationship with his own, his patient Simon’s, his student’s and his beloved Slalem’s body. Simon suffers from a condition, where he has to look at his body to be able to move it. In one scene, Etienne has a session with Simon who tries to cut a cauliflower to get in touch with his body and balance.
FOR THEY KNOW NOT unfolds into a tale about the relationship between body and consciousness – a reflection of how the brain and the body are linked and how our consciousness and the physical realm operate in a state of constant feedback.
Emily Wardill’s (b.1977 lives and works in London) work explores how social meanings are projected onto objects, and throws such processes into reverse. Her deconstructed filmic and performative exercises are at once formal and hallucinatory, emphasizing the irreducible qualities of the material.
Through workshop of the performance FOR THEY KNOW NOT, Wardill made a film produced by Lilith Performance Studio and shown at The National Gallery in Denmark on May 11th – September 16th, 2012, in the x-room.