“The-family”- Part 1: Pieta

Friday and Saturday 18.01.2012 and 19:01.2012, 20:00

Performed by: Ingrid Sattes and Brian Doose. Directed by: Wojciech Kosma

Free Entry (donations welcome)

Please note the performance will start punctually.

Pieta is the first in a series of ‘’The-family’’ performances to be held at LEAP.

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In every The-family performance two people are guided, like lambs, by their impulses and associations. In front of us, as they empty their consciousness, they become hyper-present, childlike. In their children’s “jungle of presence,” they now have adult skills and stories, and they reach for them from vulnerable and surprising places. They surrender to the rhythm of their personality and are exactly as dull or exciting as this rhythm. They find and let us see their limits. But in doing so they are finding ours, too. Finding the limit of our willingness to celebrate them and, through them, ourselves. They mould a unique relationship. This relationship is suspended in time, given its own weight and resonance. It is by bearing witness to it, while it emerges over time and with great effort, that we experience the confusion, fear, delight and the intensity of an intimate encounter. We derive what we can by piecing together the various components of this encounter. While we witness them trying-and often failing-to unearth their “jungles,” in repeated rehearsals and performances, we start to search for ours. The spectacle is demanding and personal, but safe. Not exactly easy to put into words: adventures usually aren’t.

Wojciech Kosma (born 1981 in Poland) lives and works in Berlin. He is the founding director of performance project the-family. Their recent film “Boys” had its premiere this summer in the Artist’s Institute New York. His performances have been shown in venues such as the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz (2013); Sinne, Helsinki, and Kamm Gallery, Berlin (2012); Coco, Vienna, and Based in Berlin (2011); Five Thirty Three Gallery, Los Angeles, and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2010); New Museum, New York, and Overgaden, Copenhagen (2009); Boutique Monaco, Seoul, and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2008).

Image by Hayley Silverman


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