A performative urban intervention from the URBAN-CITY-URBAN cycle by Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser
World premiere Cologne | 6 December 2012 | 4 pm | Chlodwigplatz

STILL LIFE – AND SOFTLY SLUMBERS... is the 2012 production by performance artists Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser and - after PICK’n’PLACE (2010) and DRESSING THE CITY AND MY HEAD IS A SHIRT (2011) - the third part of URBAN-CITY-URBAN – a project cycle spanning several years.. In STILL LIFE – AND SOFTLY SLUMBERS... , violence in the private and public sphere is the focus of the visual performance work.

For the premiere of their 2012 urban intervention, Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser have deliberately chosen the ”oh-so-perfect world” in the pre-Christmas period. Performance installations illuminate the dark, often hidden aspects of the human soul. The project explores the many different faces of violence that exist between the two poles of victim and offender. Whether it is abuse, rape or racist hate crime: violent attacks are part and parcel of everyday life in both the public and private spheres.

Christmas, the ”festival of love and a family celebration” likes to rejoice in an intact world, but behind many facades unimaginable abysses lie hidden. STILL LIFE – AND SOFTLY SLUMBERS... adds unpleasant undertones to the pre-Christmas goings-on in the city.

The interdisciplinary project will take place in public space. The performers, Fa-Hsuan Chen and Mack Kubicki, are two expressive, courageous dancers who with great passion expose themselves to uncomfortable issues and adverse weather conditions.

URBAN-CITY-URBAN comprises project modules with different artistic approaches. The projects are conceived as an interdisciplinary work. They deal with urban development and structural change and with the effect of performance / installation art on public space and vice versa. Depending on the project, the performers are selected from the spheres of dance, theatre, performance, music and science as well as from other professional and work areas. The projects take place outdoors and are conceived as site-specific work in public urban space.

Photo © 2012 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, for Roland Kaiser © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, for Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser © 2008 URBAN-CITY-URBAN by Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser


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