maria kefirova

September 15 to 18, 2021

backs boxes towels




September 15, 2021: 7:30 p.m.

September 16, 2021: 7:30 p.m.

September 17, 2021: 7:30 p.m.

September 18, 2021: 7:30 p.m.

A knowledgeable person stated that the work Packaging/Wrapping by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, artists known for their large-scale, site-specific environmental installations, was a sort of premonition for the fact that in the center of our existence there is nothing but emptiness.

Maria is not sure about that. Actually, maybe, in the middle of it all, there is sound, a buzz, a whoosh, a blop, a crack.

backs boxes towels began as a search for sensation. Kefirovas performance departs from this desire to build space through physicality and to make sound visible. The work follows her curiosity towards the concept and embodiment of friction and develops through techniques for exteriority involving national anthems, straws, boxes, towels, respect for the ‘backspace’, wallpaper, as well as minimal and maximal dancing.

Skins rub screens. Boxes fill with sounds. Bodies become towels.

Credits : Choreography, performance, video and drawings: Maria Kefirova | Lighting Design: Paul Chambers | Sound Design: Guillaume Létourneau, Maria Kefirova | Set Design: Johan Deschymer, Maria Kefirova | Costumes: Jade Tong-Coung | Dramaturgical support and outside eye: Diego Gil, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines | Outside eye: Noémie Solomon | Visual design consultant: Johan Deschuymer

A co-production of DNK- space for contemporary dance and performance and MAI, with the support of MAI’s residency program.