Live performance and performance texts, 2009 – 2013

 

spotlight zodiak still for webSpotlight, still from documentation video, Zodiak / Esitystaiteen markkinat, Cable Factory, Helsinki 2012

 

Duration: Performance duration varies (7 min – 50 min)

Performed in: Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Supermarket Alternative Art Fair (Stockholm), Esitystaiteen markkinat – performance event at Zodiak, Cable Factory (Helsinki), Yle 1 Radio broadcasting channel, Fluxee performance event (Turku)

Publications: A version of the performance text has been published (in finnish) in Esitys -lehti 2/2011

Download PDF-version of the publication here: Esitys 2:2011 – Esitys-lehti – Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskus

Download the texts in english for reading: SPOTLIGHT long text  / SPOTLIGHT list 0-100

 

About the work

Spotlight is a minimalistic performance based on a playful approach towards textual structure and an experimental study of performative situations. It can also be understood as a performance lecture on this topic. It is a performance dealing with the grounds of performance via the deconstruction of the classical setup of performing under the light of a spotlight. The monologue performed in the piece is also based on a structure of one text divided into a list from 1 to 100. This list repeats the individual words, building up to a sentence and unravelling into bits and pieces again.

Several versions of the performance have been made, one of them for the national radio broadcasting channel Yle 1.

The performance is based upon a text written in the form of a list, where the performer describes the performance itself. The performer stands in a spotlight, whilst the rest of the room is dark. The short version of the performance lasts about seven minutes but can be looped several times in a row (as was done in the version performed in the Kiasma Contemporary Museum of Art).

Also, a longer version of the performance and the monologue text exists and was performed in the Fluzee performance art event in Turku 2011.  This version had inserts of other textual material embedded in the performance, which on their behalf described other events. These inserts functioned as examples of the styles of performance writing and dramaturgical means. In later performances this text has been available for the audience in the performance venue. This longer text is a 4-page long sentence with the inserts mentioned above, an analysis of aspects related to performance.

 

1-100 text excerptSpotlight, excerpt of the performance text

 

Spotlight, live performance (with longer text) dur: 20 min, Supermarket Alternative Art Fair, Stockholm 2012

Documentation photos: Marjo Levlin