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Insider: Unwrapping reality

A performance by an international team of authors led by Cristina Maldonado between virtual and physical reality for one audience member.

Premiere: 28/11/2019, Sklepní scéna Centra experimentálního divadla


Sklepní scéna Centra experimentálního divadla

In our daily lives, technologies enable us to exist simultaneously in multiple places. We are immersed in a continuous negotiation with things, processes, and people that are not physically present. We commonly identify them as a “virtual presence”, as a sort of representation of an original that exists somewhere else. We place this “copy” at a lower level on the scale of reality as it cannot fully affect us. It cannot be touched and therefore cannot be considered truly real.

For some, the virtual world is a place to momentarily escape reality; others fear that it will replace it completely. For us, there is no conflict between the virtual and real worlds, together they create a continuum of mixed realities.

From our point of view, we constantly perform complex maneuvers to navigate these overlapped realities. We adapt to these technological extensions and we coexist with them. They shape our perception and relationship with others.

Insider explores how this mix of realities affects our bodies and our sense of being present. During the performance, the choices of each viewer create a particular way of investigating and experiencing this proposed world.

Cristina Maldonado (MX) works within the scope of performance, conceptual and visual arts. She has specialized in live interventions of films using video and closed circuits in her project What She Does. Her interest lies in challenging the idea of a finished and stable reality by confounding the senses of the audience. She has created various one to one performances under the platform of The Stranger Gets a Gift. In this platform, her background as a modern dancer influences how she implements media. The body of the audience becomes the territory in which the performance takes place. Her compositions take into account that the event will occur in the audience’s skin inwards and displaces the performance from the stage into the inner space of the spectator. She identifies this approach as choreographies for internal use and the Insider is perhaps the most extreme of these compositions since it is based on the manipulation of touch and sight. She has presented her work in Mexico, USA, Canada and Europe. She holds the Mexican Grant Creadores con Trayectoria 2018 FONCA.

Director: Cristina Maldonado
Authors and performers: Cristina Maldonado, Eva Rosemarijn, Lea Kukovičič, Keya Singh
Dramaturgical consultation: Sodja Lotker
Anthropological and conceptual consultations: Fernanda Eugenio
Technical support: Pascal Silondi
Application developer: Jakub Krejčí
Production of objects: Isa Juchniewicz
3D printing: William Holmes

With support of Fondo Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico. The project is part of the author's series The Stranger Gets a Gifts. Special thanks to Maria Cavina, Jedefrau.org. Thanks to the research group and the volunteers Theresa Schrezenmeir, Lamija Cehajić, Ana Dinger, Liaman Khankishiyeva.

Performance lasts 60 minutes and is held in English.

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