by Elliot Reed & Lila-Zoé Krauß, Sibylle Peters, Rebecca de Toro, Ophelia Young

Image 1: Lila-Zoé Krauß, [After her Destruction], 2023, Filmstill, Kamera: Helena Wittmann
Image 3: Israel Bañuelos
Image 4: M. Borchardt
Image 6: Armando Nin

Performances by Elliot Reed & Lila-Zoé Krauß, Sibylle Peters, Rebecca de Toro, Ophelia Young
Saturday, 27.7.2024, 6–8 pm

Free participation

“Sometimes, when I dream, the dream seems to be real. My imagination—I can’t stop it!“ (Excerpt from Lila-Zoé Krauß, [After her Destruction], 2024)

In [After her Destruction], Girl tries to find out if her mind has mutated. With the help of the computer programme The Art of Mind, she embarks on a journey through lucid dreams, hallucinations and memories. On 27 July, five figures whom Girl encounters on her journey appear in the middle of the exhibition hall: the Fortune Teller, the Lady’s Lover, the Superego, a member of the Choir of Mutants and Girl herself. Through choreographic formations and improvisation, a fragmentary conversation is created between words, movement, song and sound. Elliot Reed—appearing in the opera as the Fortune Teller— will open with a performative meditation. The performance continues with Rebecca de Toro (part of the Choir of Mutants), Sibylle Peters (the Lady’s Lover), Ophelia Young (Superego) and Lila-Zoé Krauß (Girl).

Thereby, norms will be negotiated: through processes of identification, norms inscribe themselves into people’s bodies and minds. However, they are not simply given but must be reproduced again and again. In this respect, the body is not only a political archive of memory but also the vehicle for performing autonomy and subjugation. Repetitions, disjunctions, synchronisations—understood as practices of remembering (always differently)—are the landscape in which the performers search for temporary, autonomous zones.

Lila-Zoé Krauß  studied Fine Arts at the HFBK Hamburg and at CalArts Los Angeles as well as Sound Studies at the UdK Berlin. Her audiovisual works have been shown at the Popkultur Festival, Berlin (2023); Documenta Fifteen, Kassel (2022); Kvaka Art Space, Belgrade (2022); Import Export, Munich (2022); Montez-Press-Radio, New York City (2019); HKW, Berlin (2019) and Kampnagel Sommerfestival, Hamburg (2018). She lives and works in Vienna.

Rebecca de Toro works as a freelance dance artist. She studied Theatre, Media and Communication Studies in Leipzig as well as Contemporary Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. As a performer, she has worked at PACT Zollverein, Essen, STUCK, Leuven, Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal, Schauspiel Bochum and Theater Hagen, among others.

Dr. Sibylle Peters is a theater director and cultural scientist. She is the artistic director of FUNDUS THEATER | Forschungstheater, a children’s theatre for all generations. As a freelance theatre maker and author, she is active with Queens. Der Heteraclub and the Women of the Seven Seas (geheimagentur hamburg).

Ophelia Young is a dancer and performer. After her studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, she was part of the ensemble Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She has been a freelance performer since 2021 and appears at “Ballett” Basel and Kaserne Basel, among others.

Elliot Reed’s projects include video, dance, performance and sculpture. He was was a 2019 danceWEB Fellow, artist in residance at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2019 to 2020 and a recipient of the 2019 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. His works have been shown in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Mexico City, Vienna and Hamburg.

Kindly supported by:

Hamburgische Kulturstiftung