Ayla Pierrot Arendt
HARMLESS BEING (2018)
Videochoreography by Ayla Pierrot Arendt // Fotos: Eike Walkenhorst
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– I will take you now to a place that is really rare to enter. You will have to accompany me in a special relation. You will have to be both solidary and solitary there, with me. I should not take over your emotions and you should not sink into mine. We can be intimate. We will hang out either in the kitchen or in my bed.
– And if you trust me, I will show you how I feel. And I entrust you with leading the way out of this swamp. Because this is a place of drought and heat, of vast land and waste. It is a liquid dump. It is fruitful. It is full of desire and loss. We all have lots of reasons to stay in. But there is no attachment. There has been fatigue and exhaustion.
You will feel my panic of drowning before waking up.
Length: 90 Min.
Concept, Direction, Video, Set design: Ayla Pierrot Arendt Performance: Katja Cheraneva, Su-Mi Jang Costume: Nina Divitschek Light Design: Matthias Rieker Sound: Fullruhm & Don Dyzette Camera: Sriram Srivigneswaramoorthy Color Grading: Valentin Oellers Artistic Assistance: Benjamin Wiemann Production Manager: Lucia Primavera
HARMLESS BEING was co-produced by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main 2018 and financially supported by the City of Frankfurt and the Women Fund of the University of the Arts Berlin.
What is the story of strong women? Can we keep telling about heroines as lonesome fighters that revenge rape or other mistreatment in a patriarchic world by taking on controlled, cold-blooded manners and using lethal weapons – fighting for themselves and against other women rather than fighting together? Shall we believe that strong women are unemotional – but sexy because they can do what they do without feeling anything? Seemingly, showing emotions makes one weak and unsexy. Taking inspiration from the Japanese low-budget erotic film “Guerrilla Girl Boss” (1972), in which solidarity among women gangs defines their confrontation with patriarchy and politics, HARMLESS BEING projects a different expression of strength, violence and erotic empowerment.