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ACT ONE by Alexis Blake

performance: 01 / 09 / 2019
Location: TENT

Alexis Blake blends visual art, dance and performance in her work. She focuses on the female body, to critically reflect on how women are represented. In work that she realizes together with others, Blake investigates how you can use movement language to undermine and change the existing structures of representation and power.

In her new work crack nerve boogie swerve, Blake focuses on 'breaking' - breaking standards, breaking free of limitations, freeing yourself from what is suppressing you. She will investigate the action and meaning of 'breaking' by working with sound, the human voice and bodies in a setting she made with glass and concrete. Her team of female performers consists of dancers, musicians and singers from Rotterdam, who form a link with the city.

crack nerve boogie swerve consists of three parts, which Blake will develop during the exhibition in collaboration with the performers, with the exhibition as a work and rehearsal space. Visitors can experience a moment in this process, or choose to follow it from day to day. A performance (Sketch) follows at the end of each multi-day improvisation session (Sessions). Her first performance will be on Sunday 1 September.

Producer: Judith Roux
Clothing: Elisa van Joolen in collaboration with Anouk Beckers
Assistant: Lauren Fong

Close to the performance installation crack nerve boogie swerve to follow Alexis Blake's? See below on which days you can visit TENT and attend the improvisation sessions and / or performances.

This performance is part of installation crack nerve boogie swerve, in the current exhibition No You Won't Be Naming No Buildings after Me, compiled by Vincent van Velsen. read here more about this exhibition.

Performance / installation crack nerve boogie swerve, Alexis Blake
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50 in Rotterdam

Prelude opening exhibition No You Won't Be Naming No Buildings after Me
Thursday 11.07, 19.00-21.00

Public rehearsals ACT ONE, music and dance
Tuesday 27.08 - Saturday 31.08, 11.00-18.00

Performance ACT ONE
Sunday 01.09, 16.00-16.30

Public rehearsals ACT TWO, music and dance
Tuesday 03.09-Friday 06.09, 11.00-18.00
Tuesday 10.09-Friday 13.09, 11.00-18.00

Performance ACT TWO, (implementation)
Sunday 15.09, 15.00-15.30

Thanks to the Mondriaan Fund

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