Performance: August 22, 2008
At the stage Manegen at Malmö Festival.
Duration: 1 h
“I know that I’m trying to communicate, but sometimes it’s very hard for people to understand what I say.” SARALUNDEN
Saralunden alone on the stage with a huge Marshall Amplifier system and a contact microphone attached to her throat and one to the guitar. She sits on a small stool wearing a jump suit pimped with various fringes and pearls in red, yellow and green: a mix that reminds of a Christmas tree and the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassies. For one hour, she sings “Sad” songs. Her voice projected an inaudible grumble. From the stage she offers the audience vodka, but no one understands a word what she says, so she has to drink alone. One hour of sadness, misunderstanding and humor.
Saralunden (born in 1970 in Gothenburg, Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm) is the stage name used by Sara Lundén in her music, film and performance works. Saralunden has developed a characteristic style where she, with a personal touch, mixes music genres such as disco, chanson, electronica and minimal wave. Saralunden often makes her performances in the form of music concerts, to which she adds elements to twist the experience further. In The Human Mke Stand (2007) she uses a man from the audience to hold her microphone during the whole performance.