DYAD (2014/2015)

 

Performance cycle in nine parts

2014/2015

 

 

"Two and two, of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. Two and two... went into the ark." ~ Genesis 7:15

 

Interested in what divides and separates us, and how divisions are applied socially and politically as mechanisms, VestAndPage look into the dangers of dichotomy, attachments to dualism, and the paradox of Ego. Through a series of poetic bodily images, they question how polarities are being employed as effective tools of ideology, propaganda or collective manipulation. Each episode starts with the above quote and a conflictive moment between a mouse and a rabbit, both burrowers and symbols of mediation, procreation and vulnerability.

 

The performance cycle has been developed and presented on VestAndPage's 2014/2015-tour with stations in Toronto (Black and White), Amsterdam (One and Two), Zagreb (You and Me), Leipzig (Past and Present), Sokołowsko (Liquid and Solid), Bristol (Full and Empty), Aberdeen (Inside and Outside), and closed in a 15-hour durational performance in Moscow (Open and Closed).

DYAD I and II: Black and White

 

hub14, Toronto, ON (CA)

Two 2-hour performances in occasion of LONG-TERM by LINK&PIN Performance Series, curated by Adriana Disman and Sandrine Schaefer, co-presented by FADO Performance Art Centre

12 - 13 April 2014

 

Realised with the kind support of Suanne McGregor

Photographs by Henry Chan and Sandrine Schaefer

Video captured and edited by Sandrine Schaefer

VestAndPage
Verena Stenke
VestAndPage
Verena Stenke
Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes
Andrea Pagnes
Andrea Pagnes
VestAndPage
VestAndPage

"Andrea Pagnes is blindfolded and seated at a small table. He’s working with a lit candle and writing with a long feather plume, inked in his own blood. Verena Stenke, his partner, is across the room: falling flat as a plank, straight down towards the floor, catching herself each time at the last moment… her nose, just inches from the hard wood. Andrea is in the mound of broken glass, now. He holds larger mirror pieces across his shoulders and chest, like wings. He walks across the glass and the sound is visceral. The glass cracks and pops under his footsteps, his red blood streaking across the translucent slivers and shards.

Adriana Disman, “Towards Anti-Disciplinarity, the (messy) hermeneutics of self-violent performance art,” Theatre Research in Canada #36.1

 
DYAD III: One and Two

 

Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

Two-hour performance in occasion of FLAM V - a week of performance art, curated by Rose Akras and Dirk Jan Jager

13 May 2014

 

Photographs by Jaco Idema and Loreto Gilbert

VestAndPage
Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes
VestAndPage
Andrea Pagnes
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
 
DYAD IV: You and Me

 

Theatre &TD, Zagreb, HR

In occasion of Perforacije Festival, curated by Zvonimir Dobrovic

27 June 2014

 

Photographs by Darko Vaupotic

VestAndPage
VestAndPage
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Verena Stenke
Verena Stenke
 
DYAD V: Past and Present

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, DE

In occasion of Blauverschiebung, presented by Galerie KUB, curated by Franziska Eissner and Christian Liefke

16 October 2014

 

With the text Geister ohne Heimat by Kassim Bayatly (Duhok, Iraq) in a German translation by Verena Stenke

 

Photographs by Dirk Baumanns, Anika Preissler and Galerie KUB

Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes
Andrea Pagnes
Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke
Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke
VestAndPage
 
DYAD VI: Liquid and Solid

 

Grunwald Sanatorium, Sokolowsko, PL

1-hour performance in occasion of Konteksty 5 - Festival of Ephemeral Art, curated by Malgorzata Sady

19 July 2015

 

Photographs by Dominik Jedliczka, Agata Mielnicka, Norbert Wawrzyniak

DYAD VII: Full and Empty

 

Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

2-hour performance in occasion of IPA Performance Platform, curated by Fay Stevens

23 October 2015

 

Photographs by Jürgen Fritz and Fay Stevens

 
 
DYAD VIII: Inside and Outside

 

Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK

2-hour performance in occasion of This Is Performance Art (TIPA), curated by Nikki Milican

31 October 2015

 

Photographs by Kathryn Milne and Dragica Soskic

"VestAndPage ended this remarkable event by putting their own bodies on the line, enduring physical attritions while a voice-over intoned the clauses of the UN’s bill of human rights. When, finally, Pagnes walked barefoot over shards of glass – it cracking like bones under his feet – it came like an act of voluntary penance in memory of those victims of carnage the world ignored in life, and is quick to forget in death.

Mary Brennan, “Tragedy adds poignancy to thought-provoking art,” The Herald

 
DYAD IX: Open and Closed

 

Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, RU

 

Three performances of 5 hours each in occasion of PYRFYR - German Performance Art Season, curated by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich and Margarita Osepyan

5 - 6 - 7 December 2015

 

Photographs by Igor Chernyshov and Margarita Osepyan

Video captured by Igor Chernyshov and edited by VestAndPage

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