Yingmei Duan – Rubbish City
Melati Suryodarmo – Perception of Patterns of Timeless Influence
Performance: June 19 – June 21, 2009
Lilith Performance Studio is invited to the international Performing Arts Festival-IN TRANSIT 09 – Resistance of the Object with two Lilith Productions at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. On the seventh edition of IN TRANSIT international artists will explore what happens when the object and subject change places. For ten days, the audience will take part in performance, installations, dance, theater, debates and talks by artists from around the world. Lilith Performance Studio shows two wayward solo productions showed in the studio in 2007 and 2008, by the artists Melati Suryodarmo (IND) and Yingmei Duan (CH).
Melati Suryodarmo (IDN)
Perception of Patterns in Timeless Influence
Participants: Melati Suryodarmo, Angelica Asp (opera) & David Hovstadius (violin)
Duration: 5 hours
In Perception of Patterns in Timeless Influence, Melati Suryodarmo creates a scene reminiscent of baroque chiaroscuro painting. Among seven white rabbits in a “tableau vivant”, as a living picture, Suryodarmo is locked into a glass vitrine. She remains still, only slightly altering her position now and then as the rabbits leap about around her. A melancholic and humorous image arises in the meeting between the impulsive rabbits and the focused artist. At intervals of 30 minutes the scene is interrupted, an opera singer and a violinist enter the room and perform Bach’s aria Blute Nur from the St Matthew Passion to Suryodarmo. By repeating this pattern, the communication without words and the relation between the three performers deepen during the five hours.
Suryodarmo (born in 1969 in Surakarta, Indonesia, lives and works in Indonisa and Germany) combines theories of philosophy and psychology of perception with mythological thoughts on the animals being allied in magic with the gods and if so, on whether humans are able to communicate with the animals on a higher level of perception.
Rubbish City (2008)
Duration: 3 hours
Participants: Yingmei Duan, Christer Strandberg,
Fredrik Gunnarson, Nora Gunnarson and Jens Eriksson
In a staged catastrophe, Yingmei Duan makes herself and her dreams the focal point of her work. Lost in a wasteland of ten tons of garbage, she – as the Naked Woman – and the other characters: a pianist, a confused older man, a child and a devil in a tuxedo, are in a static condition. The audience steps down to these lonely persons and moves along narrow paths among the remnants of a civilization. Broken pieces of music are heard from an untuned piano. Duan slowly waddles forward, seeking contact. Following her is the devil, staring at the audience. The boundaries between performer and audience are wiped out. Who is looking at who, and why?
Yingmei Duan (born in 1969 in Daqing, Heilongjiang Province in Northern China, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany) uses her self, her history and her isolation in her performances. She constructs tragicomical scenarios where sexuality, through a not quite accepted female image, has a central place.