A Tragedy; Re-Written (2015-17)
The video and related performance brings together two points of reference, the story of a Romani family working in Oslo and the 1913 play Vladimir Mayakovsky A Tragedy. The tragedy running through Mayakovskys play is self-referential and held in a specific moment in time, producing physicalized emotions in the forms of ‘great big tears’ and ‘kisses that grow’. This raw emotion is relayed in the stories told by the Roma family who over the course of one year shared their experiences of living in Norway and Romania. The work ultimately explores the tragedy of discrimination and its emotional impact today as bodies fall through the screen metaphorically embodying emotion as the performers’ bodies spell fractured words.
The performance version of the work is made for cinematic viewing with a live sound track which includes a spoken script and live cello.
Cinematographer: Kjetil C. Astrup
Video performers: Katarina Skår Henriksen, Kachun Lay
Nora Menous-Moland, Eirik Slyngstad
Dedicated to Ivan Vasile, Nicoleta Ivan Brandusa and Marian-Razvan Dinu