Performance: 4 – 6 November 2010.
Participants: Nina Hoppe, Ida Mårdhed, Anna Norberg, Kyllike Engström, Viktor Feuk,
Thomas Renhult, Dennis Lindfors, Linda Granath and the macaw Shanti.
Duration: 3 hours.
In a dark room some lights leaks out from a large living picture like a painting cut of the wall. It is a natural sized peepshow that is visible consisting two chambers, inspired by Catherine the first of Russia’s (the first woman at the Russian throne) royal boudoir from the eighteenth century. The boudoir is the space for indolence, eroticism and intrigues and displays great extravagance and luxury. The old woman in the red velvet foreground is portraying the tsarina. A beautiful macaw is her only company. She moves slowly between six predetermined positions and goes into a ritual loop.
Seven persons, all beautifully dressed with powdered wigs and plumes inhabit the boudoir’s rear chamber. They move most gracefully into formations and together they create pictures like snapshots that recall of real situations. They unceasingly continues with this game of power, desire and ennui enclosed in an incessant course of events and unaffected by the reality outside.
Vokab has been invited to develop a performance for the very first time. Lilith Performance Studio has initiated the idea to the piece with the starting point of Olga Vokab’s distinctive artistic language.
Olga Vokab (b. 1983 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, lives and works in Saint Petersburg) is trained in traditional Russian painting and sculpture. During the recent years she has been working on a series of peepshows models, which in a playful manner give expressions to her personal and political interpretations of our present time. In the models she is playing with scale displacements and historical symbols and mixing freely between renaissance, baroque and the romantic era.