Eszter Salamon: “MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations” at Kaaitheater premiere on 17th and 18th January 2020

On Friday, 17.01.2020 and Saturday, 18.01.2020, we are delighted to announce the premiere of “MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations” at Kaaitheater in the context of Europalia Romania. With a collage of feminist voices, artistic gestures, historical avant-garde, and traditional songs performed by Salka Ardal Rosengren, Madalina Dan, Flavia Giurgiu, Judith State and Ayșe Orhon,  Eszter Salamon focuses on Romanian histories, in a special setting created by artist Marilena Preda Sanc that covers the entire stage.

MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations is a performative, visual and sound collage that animates an emancipatory space by interweaving traces of the Romanian history of feminism, artistic gestures and female perspectives in the history of painting and traditional music. This choral performance destabilizes not only dominant views on history, but also borders that were built to separate artistic expressions, cultures, nations and identities. As the piece carves out a trans-historical and trans-disciplinary space of memory, a new ecology of relationality appears through a hybrid fabric of political and choreographic movements, creating a new poetic matrix.

Performance art has always sought to unite art and life. How and why is it important to address the marginalized history of feminism in the Romanian and Eastern European context – on the periphery of our collective historical consciousness?

Eszter Salamon is a Hungarian choreographer, artist, and performer who lives and works in Berlin, Paris, and Brussels. Salamon uses choreography to build bridges between media such as image, sound, music, text, voice, and bodily movements. Her creations are often based on particular issues such as hidden power structures sustaining the hierarchical systems of artistic and educational economies of productions. Another field of investigation in Salamon’s work is the relationship between voice, language and movement. Her work has been presented at museums including Centre Pompidou (FR) and MoMA (USA), and events like Holland Festival.
concept, choreography & artistic direction Eszter Salamon | developed with and performed by Salka Ardal Rosengren, Madalina Dan, Flavia Giurgiu, Ayșe Orhon, Judith State | artistic assistant Liza Baliasnaja, Christine de Smedt | stage design Marilena Preda Sanc | digital processing Mateias Bogdan | lights Sylvie Garot | technical direction Sylvie Garot, Rima Ben Brahim | costume design Cristina Barbu | vocal coach Elena Gheorghe | production Studio E.S. / Elodie Perrin, WASP Studios | commissioned by EUROPALIA ROMANIA (Brussels), Andreea Capitanescu (curator) | co-produced by Kaaitheater, EUROPALIA ROMANIA, Romanian Cultural Institute | supported by 4Culture Association, Life Long Burning/Creative Europe Programme of The European Union | cultural project co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund | special thanks to Lia Perjovschi for her drawing and research «Romanian feminism», Olivia Nitis, Oana Baluta, Valentina Iancu, Maria Balabas, The Balassi Institut Bucharest | Studio E.S. is supported by the Drac Île-de-France.
 17.01.2020 I 20:30
KAAITHEATER, Square Sainctelette 20 – 1000 Brussel
18.01.2020 I 20:30
KAAITHEATER, Square Sainctelette 20 – 1000 Brussel
Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva
Photo credit: Lia Perjovschi

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