This video documents the live performance of the performance model in full length on September 19, 2012 at Millburn Studios, University of Warwick. The performance event consisted of three elements: object exhibition, live performance and successive audience feedback round.
BODIES OF CRISIS – Performance script
Sequence 1: Is this my story? On embodying history in
autobiography and the strains of collective codes
- language of memory I: 20th c. German political gestures (maria)
- language of memory II: ballett of the rich in Cyprus (jess)
- language of memory III: dislocating the body (maiada)
- language of memory IV: the male narrator (david)
Sequence 2: Welcome, stereotypes! The haunted stage of
East German unification memory
- the crisis of socialist narrative: disappearing (the map / david)
- the crisis of socialist consumption: excess (joghurt & coffee / jess)
- the crisis of the socialist body: worries (sweets & pills / maria)
- the crisis of socialist taste: this is not an apple! (apples / maiada)
Sequence 3: Then is now (hygiene). Docufiction and the
usefulness of comparison
- Showing of re-enacted pieces of interview material on
everyday personal hygiene on a screen. Performers wash in
space, thereby physically connecting past and present.
Sequence 4: Utopia is a small island in the Baltic sea
(Fossils) Documenting self-reinvention and efforts for a better
life and their failure
- Taking up gestures from the first sequence, we perform
the months of the Wende in which calls and concepts of
socio-political imagnation were most pronounced (Oct -
Nov 1989). These were the months before the voices for
reunification and capitalist consumerism were taking over.
In the background, on the screen, historical images visualise
a countdown to unification. The movement ceases with the
appearance of a clock that symbolises West German news
reports and life.