Description of the project:
This performance would take place at Mediamatic’s, ideally in the center of the soft darkness of the barn, surrounded by a small amount of people that are placed in a circle around the performance setting. The setting needs nothing more than a katafalk, two performers, a model and ritual artefacts.
Performing Nokanshi dreams fits in the Nature Morte series around the topic of death. It reflects on our culture of dealing with death and especially in our unnatural and disconnecting ways we tend to deal with dead bodies. The performance invites to reimagine death rituals.
Who I want to work with:
Ideally, Susanne weaves this ritual together with:
Guusje Segond von Banchet | healthcare professional and designer | I will perform
the ritual together with Guusje
Rachel Sellem | sculptor, artist | for creating a ritual washing bowl
Merle Bergers | scent artist | for providing a ritual scent
Most of the needed material will be developed or created by Susanne. If possible, we would love to ask human ecology artist Arne Hendriks for helping us create a mycelium katafalk. Of course we also have to involve a model, a model willing to be almost nude.
Format and costs
The performance takes about an hour in total. Preparation in the barn also about an hour. It would ideally take place in the evening, as a Nature Morte event with a small audience, with maybe some Q&A and drinks afterwards. So if we present this as an event, there could also be a ticket sale.
The estimated costs of the performance of Nokanshi dreams can be 500 euros:
Compensation model: 150 euro
Compensation Guusje: 100 euro
Ritual bowl by Rachel Sellem: 50 euro
Compensation Merle Bergers: 100 euro
Other purchases (soap, spunges, candles, ...): 100 euro
This proposal is part of the 'Penny for your Thoughts' project 2021.