Performance: May 2 & 3, 2008
Participant: Tanya Mars
Duration: 3 hours
In Dulci Jubilo (O Sweet Joy) refers to a Macaronic Christmas carol from the 14th Century. The old chime of bells in Lund’s Cathedral – In Dulci Jubilo – inspired Tanya Mars to compose a sound piece with different versions of the carol. Mars makes use of the ambiguous word Dulci, in Latin meaning sweet as in both gentle and cake. The artist transforms the space of Lilith Performance Studio into a surrealistic landscape of 150 cakes, a thousand dessert plates, magic and fire shows. Mars eats and licks, alternately dances and crawls her way through the cakes in an extravagant image of pleasure, gluttony, generosity and egoism. Accompanying this sacred jubilee is a video piece made in an elevator in Malmö and another sound piece of a boy teaching Mars the alphabet in Swedish.
Tanya Mars (born in 1948 in USA, lives and works in Toronto, Canada) made her first performance in 1974 and for more than 30 years she has been one of the prominent figures on the Canadian performance scene. As an artist, writer, editor and professor of performance, she has influenced a whole generation of artists and art students. Using humour as her weapon of choice, she makes fun of the patriarchy and questions the art form (performance) and the ideology (feminism) closest to her heart. Mars consistently examines the norms of femininity from an absurd or unexpected angle. Her performances are on the outskirts of theatre and they are often visually extravagant works inspired by Dadaism, Surrealism, cheerleading and burlesque vaudeville.