The world’s first and only performance studio for visual art performance turned 10 years in the fall 2017.
Since the inception in 2007, Lilith Performance Studio has created over 50 large-scale solo commissions and been engaged in numerous inspiring collaborations and curator missions worldwide.
Lilith celebrated this with a series of unique dinner performances by 5 beloved artists from Lilith’s past.
The third diner performance in the celebration serie was YOU ARE INVITED – Kalo Kalo by Odun Orimolade.
Odun Orimolade proceeds from the social and the ritual games that are part of a dinner party when she is hosting the Lilith Performance Studio’s third performance dinner as a part of the 10th anniversary.
A traditional dinner is about hosting, sharing of your self, orchestrating reactions, perceptions and ushering the invited guests towards the predetermined goal of the host, whatever it may be.
In Odun Orimolade’s performance Kalo Kalo, suspenseful and other times ritual like parlor games are played, where randomness determines what happens and who participates.
Ten “selves” – multiple individuals of the host lead the participants through the games and the ritual patterns.
Kalo Kalo is Nigerian – Yoruba term that refers to gambling with uncertain output.
Odun Orimolade’s (b.1976 works and lives in Lagos, Nigeria) practice spans a broad artistic field incorporating drawing, installation, mixed media and performance among other explorations.
Several of her works clearly turns the spotlight toward the viewer challenging his/her active, passive role when experiencing the work.
In 2015 Orimolade created the performance Spirits at the Ball at Lilith Performance Studio, where her point of departure was the 18th century ball,
to engage the events before, during and after the Berlin Conference of 1884-85. Spirits at the Ball is best described as a fantasy of sorts, amusing but with a serious undertone,
which reflects on the conference and its impact.
Lilith’s 10th Anniversary Celebration was a series of performances titled – YOU ARE INVITED, followed by the artists subtitle, running from September to December 2017,
all with the same starting point: A dinner. Each artist was free to interpret what a dinner party may be.
The invited artists were:
Dafna Maimon (Israel/Finland) – 22-24 September – lilithperformancestudio.com – Orient Express, Yourself
Myriam Laplante (Italy) – 12-14 October – lilithperformancestudio.com – The Gateway
Odun Orimolade (Nigeria) – 24-25 November
The Icelandic Love Corporation – Jóní Jónsdóttir & Eirún Sigurðaradtóttir (Iceland) – 14-16 December