Performance and catalogue launch: June 5, 2010
Artists: Tsuneko Taniuchi (JPN), Melati Suryodarmo (IDN),
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (PHL/DNK), Saralunden (SWE) and Tanya Mars (CAN)
Lilith Performance Studio launches its first Performance Catalogue, Lilith Performance Studio 2007-2009. We celebrate this by showing performances by five artists who all have had a prior solo production in the studio; Tsuneko Taniuchi (JPN), Melati Suryodarmo (IDN), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (PHL/DNK), Saralunden (SWE) och Tanya Mars (CAN). During spring 2010 Lilith Performance Studio have been working on an extensive Performance Catalogue. All of the 22 performance productions originated in the studio between 2007-2009 will be displayed both in text and pictures. The ambition is that the Catalogue as one volume will reflect the Studio’s first three years and at once emphasize all the artists we have collaborated with.
Thoughts and different point of views of Lilith’s artistic work are complemented by four external writers; Dan Jönsson; Art Critic and Journalist, Ýrr Jónasdóttir; museichef, Ystads konstmuseum, Erik Rynell; DA (Doctor of Arts) and researcher at Malmö Theatre Academy and Theresa Benér; Theatre Critic and Journalist.
Tsuneko Taniuchi (b. in 1946 in Hyôgo, Japan, lives and works in Paris, France) performes the piece Micro-Event n°25 / VIP Cocktails. Taniuchi stands in her specially constructed white bar all night, serving VIP Cocktails to the audience. A block of ice, totally transparent, is placed in the middle, covering Taniuchi´s lower part of the body, wearing black see-through pantyhose. On the upper part of her body she wears a classic waitress vest and a bow tie. With a hammar and a icepick she cuts ice for the drinks. Two signs is displayed for the audience to read: Do you like VIP Cocktails? and Please employ me, I am the best employee of the month! At your service! As times passes, drinks is served and the ice is picked, Taniuchi´s lower body is becoming more and more visible.
Tanya Mars (b. in 1948 in USA, lives and works in Toronto, Canada) sets the table with white linnen cloth, 500 small plates, candles and 40 beautiful cakes in her piece Dulci. During five hours Mars eats her cakes, laying, standing, sitting and conversing, without for a second consider the option to share even the tiniest bite. Before leaving the room she wraps the long table in countless layers of plastic wrap.
Melati Suryodarmo (b. in 1969 in Surakarta, Indonesia, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany) performes EXERGIE- Butter dance, an older piece but shown for the first time at Lilith. 20 blocks of butter in a square on the black dance carpet. Suryodarmo enters the space, dressed in a black tight dress and red high heels. She steps on the pieces of butter. She starts to dance to the sound of indonesian shamanistic drums. She dances and falls, hitting the floor hard, rising, and continuously being on the verge of standing, slipping and falling in the butter. After twenty minutes Suryodarmo rises one last time, covered in butter, and leaves the space.
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (b. in 1970 in Manilla, the Philippines, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark) presentes a new piece, Halloween – I want you under my skin. In the form of a lecture Cuenca Rasmussen creates a performance about national identity. 7 models, all whom have chosen to dress up to look like a different national identity than their own origin, helps her illustrate the theme. A make-up artist takes part to make their transformations more evident. A studio photographer have set up her small photo studio next to where Cuenca Rasmussen stands. The photograper takes photos of every model when costume and make-up is ready. Cuenca Rasmussen continuously lectures about the specific prejudices that characterize each of the chosen national identities and the stereotypes that are created. She ends her performance by dressing up like a danish woman and gets her picture taken.
Saralunden (b. in 1970 in Gothenburg, Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm) makes a new piece where she performs a series of songs in German with lyrics from Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Colour. She makes her appearance from a gap in the floor from which a thick smoke wells. A specially built steep staircase painted in white is placed in the middle of the space. A stout rope hangs from the ceiling. She performes her songs standing on and going around the staircase. Saralunden beat a hasty retreat by using the rope as a liane and leaves the audience behind.