Different Drum

“The dance of the receptors #9”
Zgorzelec, Poland 2023
Dom Kultury, Stre!fen Performance Art Festival
Invited by Sascha Röhricht, Jan Treiber und Sebastian Hänel
Duration: 32 minutes
Photographs: Monika Deimling

Context:
The performance “Different Drum” was performed as part of the Stre!fen Performance Art Festival 2023. The festival connects the two border cities Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland) with site-specific performance art.

The chosen place for the performance was in front of the Dom Kultury (House of Culture) in Zgorzelec, Poland.
The entrance of this impressive sandstone building has a wide staircase – framed by two huge landings – four majestic columns and three large doors.

Video documentation of the performance
11:42 minutes
Camera: Emrah Gökdemir
2023

Description of actions:
A collage of performance images and sounds is created by executing the following actions with selected material.

– Wobbling a porcelain coffee cup on a matching saucer and moving slowly backward on the stairs. [The porcelain objects make a clinking sound.]
– Lightning a small smoke ball inside the cup. [Turquoise smoke rises.] Standing still and continuing to move backward when the smoke is gone.
– Removing the four red chairs hanging from the flagpoles on the columns. [The chairs are attached to coiled ropes and turn and swing in front of the columns.]
– Painting a blue rectangle on the shirt and pants.
– Tying a doll’s dress in front of the face.
– Wiggling a stack of white porcelain plates in the hands. [The loud sound of plates clattering can be heard clearly.]
– Sitting on the white chair under the “poetree”, taking a sip of water from a glass and gargling loudly.
– Lighting the green cardboard letters hanging from the branches. [The letters catch fire, burn for a moment, and then glow for the rest of the performance – white smoke rises from the glowing letters.]
– With light movements floating a blue curtain over the steps. [The white smoke from the green letters mixes with the movements of the curtain.]
– Taking two “M” letters from the “Poetree” and tying them to the head like a crown.
– Standing over the goat and lifting the doll’s dress while water is poured from a white teapot onto the floor; the last drops are poured into the shirt pocket. [The water mixes with red pigment and turns the shirt red.]
– Sliding all porcelain plates down onto the table. [The plates fall off the table and shatter on the stairs – only one survives.]
– Climbing onto the left landing; holding a yellow painted canvas in front of face; lighting a yellow smoke torch; moving the body slightly back and forth.
– Climbing to the right landing; pouring a bag of peas on the drum. [A loud drum roll is clearly audible for a longer while.]
– Putting the doll’s dress on two sticks. [The dress now has “legs”.]
– Slowly leaving the scene together with the dress.