As Artist in Residence 2023, Brazilian performer and choreographer Elisabete Finger was invited to work at Radialsystem during several studio phases throughout the year. In a showing on 21 & 22 October, she will give insights into her current work, presenting both the performance “RUN FAST, BITE HARD” and the video series “Histories of Gestures”.
RUN FAST, BITE HARD
“RUN FAST, BITE HARD” explores some ‘creation myths’ – different versions many cultures have for the beginning of everything – in which we can find references of a time when humanity, animals, plants, things, space, time, future, and past used to be together. We find narratives about fantastic creatures that were at once male and female, old and young, human and serpent, horse, or plant, engaged with the challenges of an interconnected existence. In between choreography and collage, and moving through association and disassociation, coupling and uncoupling, “RUN FAST, BITE HARD” reimagines the limits of ‘caring to others’ to encompass more expansive or promiscuous models for living and dying together in this world.
Histories of Gestures
“Histories of Gestures” is a journey through some well-known but rarely questioned gestures: Standing, Falling, Sitting, Jumping, Turning. Each of the five episodes looks at the history, transformation, and interaction of these gestures in different times and contexts, through a critical reading that exposes how political, social, and economic tensions intertwine with bodies. Based on research in several archives, the series presents a collage of photographs, paintings, drawings, graphics, and internet memes with excerpts from films, videos, and choreographic works by artists from Brazil and other countries.