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Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, still from "Moving Backwards", 2019, Choreography/performance: Julie Cunningham, Werner Hirsch, Latifa La bissi, Marbles Jumbo Radio, Nach
The Illusion of the End

Mudam Performance Season

Mudam Performance Season: The Illusion of the End is a two-week exhibition devoted to performance art. The exhibition sees the ground floor galleries and the Great Hall of Mudam play host to a series of new live performances by artists from Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia and Switzerland who are gaining international critical acclaim.

The exhibition presents live works by artists who are redefining relationships between theatre, dance and performance.

Titled after an essay by the influential French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, the programme takes as its starting point the ‘fatal strategies of time’ that shape our ways of thinking about history and its imagined end. It presents a range of works concerned with the contemporary human condition, offering points of reflection upon and inspiration for our futures.

Pauline Boudry’s and Renate Lorenz’s installation Moving Backwards (2019) will be presented in Mudam’s East Gallery. Starting with the feeling of being propelled by recent reactionary backlashes, Moving Backwards explores modes of resistance, combining postmodern choreography and urban dance with guerrilla techniques and elements of queer underground culture. The installation brings together video, kinetic sculpture and performance, which will be presented both as live acts and as choreography on film.

In Mudam’s West Gallery a programme of timed performances will be presented over the course of the two weeks: From Wednesday, 06 October to Sunday, 10 October Jacopo Jenna’s If, if, if, Then (Expanded version) (2021) will occupy the gallery. Beyond choreographed action, Jenna sees movement as an abstract form of observation, whereby contemporary dance is approached as a direct response to its immediate surroundings. This work is produced in collaboration with composer Caterina Barbieri, whose exploration of the psychological effects of repetition is manifested in sonic patterns intended to channel a sense of ecstasy and contemplation.

From Wednesday, 13 October to Sunday, 17 October, Vasya Run will occupy Mudam’s West Gallery with Stay here - you are the main act (2021). This new performance combines text, gestures, sound and costume to create a complex and symbolically-charged work exploring male-dominated street subcultures and the anxieties of young people. The costumes have been conceived by Luxembourgish designer Jeremy Palluce.

Rooms (2020), a new work by artist duo Nicholas Grafia and Mikolaj Sobczak, whose scripted performances examine established power structures that reproduce stereotypes will be presented in Mudam’s Great Hall on Friday, 15 October and Sunday 17 October. The work is replete with ritualistic action and references to LGBTQIA+ diversity, pop culture and the artists’ personal histories.

Programme of Performances

Sunday 03.10.2021
14h00 –18h00 Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz – Ongoing live activation

Wednesday 06.10.2021
11h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 1
15h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 2
17h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 3
19h00 Jacopo Jenna – If, If, If, Then (Expanded version) (2021)

Thursday 07.10.2021
10h00 Jacopo Jenna – Désir Mimétique – Workshop Mudamini
14h00 Jacopo Jenna – Désir Mimétique – Workshop Mudamini

Friday 08.10.2021
11h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 1
15h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 2
17h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 3

Saturday 09.10.2021
19h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 1
20h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 2
21h00 Jacopo Jenna – Module 3
22h00 Jacopo Jenna – If, If, If, Then (Expanded version) (2021)

Wednesday 13.10.2021
14h00 Vasya Run – Solo 1
16h00 Vasya Run – Solo 2
19h00 Vasya Run – Stay here you are the main act (2021)

Thursday 14.10.2021
14h00 Vasya Run – Solo 1
15h00 Nicholas Grafia and Mikołaj Sobczak – Failing on Stage – Art Freak Workshop
16h00 Vasya Run – Solo 2

Friday 15.10.2021
17h00 Nicholas Grafia and Mikołaj Sobczak – Rooms

Saturday 16.10.2021
16h00 Vasya Run – Stay here you are the main act (2021)

Sunday 17.10.2021
16h00 Nicholas Grafia and Mikołaj Sobczak – Rooms

Credits

Curator:
  • Joel Valabrega

Artists:
  • Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
    Nicholas Grafia and Mikolaj Sobczak
    Jacopo Jenna
    Vasya Run

Technical support by:
  • noc.turn asbl

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean thanks all donors and sponsors and particularly the Italian Embassy and its partners for their exceptional support, in the framework of the Italian Contemporary Art Day.