Upstairs Geology VII

June 2018,
Das Theatre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Theatre, 50 min

©ThomasLenden

“Making art is an attempt to understand the world. 
Understanding is an insatiable longing for the spiritual; 
an aesthetic acceptance of the beautiful on an emotional 
or even supra-emotional level.”
Andrey Tarkovsky “Sculpting in Time”
  
My reclaimed word for the 21st century is Liquid- 
specifically starting from thinking about my own life 
and attitude to fixity, and developing an ongoing 
artistic research around fluid substances- 
with thickened and coloured water, with gravity, 
ropes, pumps, sunlight, snow, rain and sometimes people.
  
My second reclaimed word for the current times is Angel-
specifically in relation to constant movement and change 
inherent in life. Michel Serres’s understanding of angels 
as messengers had a profound effect on this work. 
The performance is a result of me putting these two, 
at first sight, unconnected categories of knowledge 
together and insisting on their resonance.


by Ira Melkonyan and Jimmy Grima 
with 
Zsofie Paczolay
Dominykas Savickas
Maria Mavridou
Magda Ptasznik 
Alondra Castellanos Arreola
Irene Sorozabal Moreno 
Maria Rößler 
Thanks to 
Rebecca Camilleri
Marina Provenzzano
Sean Decelis
Erin Hill
Catarina Vieira
Clement Brochard
Joachim Robbrecht
Tchelet Weisstub

Created as part of DAS Theatre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands