A Beast and an Angel
A Beast and an Angel is a performance installation for three performers: two kids and one adult. It combines live performance with video and photographs. The live bodies of the performers are surfaces for the mediated image, vehicles for the mediated play, spokesmen for the previously recorded sound.
In modern western culture children are firmly differentiated from adults. Children are determined as non-adults and they occupy spaces specially designed for them. Everywhere else they seem more and more displaced, temporarily astray. The ideal Child who belongs to Childhood alone is a product of adult imagination. (S)he is at the same time less human and closer to nature than us (a beast) and closer to heaven and the innocence of Eden than us (an angel). (S)he is a place of nostalgia, retreat, rest, and refuge for the grown ups. Children don't need the ideal child, we do.
This performance is an attempt to both localize and obscure this adult-child separation. Is it possible to momentarily inhabit the in-between of these oppositions? By bringing the child to a place (s)he doesn't really belong to, and by observing, documenting, representing and imitating the child again and again, my aim as an artist is to make and share observations of children and childhood in this reality, in my own time and at this very moment.
A Beast and an Angel is for child and adult audiences alike. Any distraction the children might cause during the performance is a welcomed part of the art piece.
The project has been supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation / Uusimaa Regional Fund.