From the Ancient Greek heroine to the modernist rewriting, the stories of Penelope and James Joyce’s Molly Bloom are strung together, interpreted and re-imagined in a candle-lit encounter.
‘Facile Heights’ is an interactive installation in which performers connect audience members with a single piece of string. Crossing, slicing and dividing the space, the string acts as a physical manifestation of the piece’s storyline, creating a delicate network that is held in place by the audience. Live poetry, music and movement composition emerge from the heart and expand out to the periphery, activating the mobile structure and transforming it into ‘an instrument of space’. Playing with notions of tension, equilibrium and suspense, the performers re-enact Penelope’s unravelling and Molly Bloom’s soliloquy* in a complex entanglement of bodies, voices and sound.
*from James Joyce’s Ulysses, 1922
I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and I first put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
‘Facile Heights’ was preceded by the piece ‘Fluxus’. Performed during the launch of Buki Akomolafe and Laetitia Michal’s winter collection, the piece playfully drew on the delicate use of thread within their newest clothing line.
Concept & Performance: Beatrix Joyce
Performance: María Sánchez Alonso
Live Poetry: Cecília Erismann
Live Sound: Jethro Cooke
Costume: Carine Kuntz
Set Design: Beatrix Joyce & Lana Ramsay
‘Facile Heights’ was presented at:
MAIDEN SPEECH Performance Series at Im Leeren Raum, Berlin, 7 January 2018