Curated by Galerina, ICA hosts a double-bill performance night featuring Lacuna by Teo Ala-Ruona and The Well by Maria Metsalu.
Together the performances look for ways to make sense of the self in a complex world of signifiers. Pushing the physical and the bodily to various extremes, the shows each process memories and lived experience as an exploration of the ontological.
The Well by Metsalu tells the story of an isolated figure lowered into a well by her four psychoanalysts, where on her leather couch she is tasked with writing to give the world a new structure. She is a composer. She is a magician and an alchemist. Through the narrative story of this tragic protagonist, the non-narrative performance deals with an individual apocalypse in a liminal space. The performance space becomes an erotic mindscape, an internal and secret place, confinement secluded from reality for the misbehaving deviant body, hearing what should not be heard, seeing things that are not there.
Lacuna by Ala-Ruona is a body horror performance and work of auto-fiction that brings together ghostly memories and lived experience, while composing a verbal and musical incantation. “Lacuna” means an opening or a gap. For Ala-Ruona, the word’s interpretation is twofold. It is both a ghost – a parasitic memory of his body before transition – while on the other hand a blissful void free of trauma. Images and experiences emerging from the past are conjured on stage through gestures, words, and screaming, opening a portal into the artist’s interiors. By entering the orifices and holes of the body, viewers are invited into a carnal abyss.
After the performances, join the afterparty organised by Galerina at Ormside Projects. Performances by Aircode, Reptile B, Gretchen Lawrence, Lolina, Workid, Rat Section and LC.
Sat, 18 Feb 2023
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