Mapei

I can’t stop listening to this little gem

WITCHES

WITCHES

Choreographed by Ruairí Donovan
Made in collaboration and performed by: Asher O’Gorman (UK), Cathy Walsh (IRL), Isabella Oberlander (AU), Karina Sarkissova (SE), Claire Keating (IRL) with an Ensemble Community Cast from Cork.
Producer: Aideen Wylde
Lighting Designer: Deirdre Dwyer

Cork Midsummer festival, 21-23 june 2013

OUT OF SCHOOL

Hello!

I am out of school.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So far, reconfiguered day routines, everything and nothing is procrastination. And that I have chosen a profession that is not very material. Maybe 5 % is performing. The rest is organization, application writing, social encounters and a constant search for something material worth investing in.
Interesting.

My friend Thijs has a good formulation of these times:

’Precarity’ is a socio‐economic notion that refers to current forms of fundamental insecurity of income and livelihood affecting a variety of social groups: from artists to academics, from unskilled workers to those working in the much celebrated ‘creative industries’. ‘Mobility’, ‘employability’, ‘self‐entrepreneurship’ and ‘flexicurity’ have become catchphrases across many sectors of society and have become a daily experience for many. In opposition to the jargon of policy makers, a growing number of artists, theorists and activists propose a critical reading of precarity as a key notion in understanding contemporary society and culture. Precarity can be seen as a symptom of shifting socio‐economic and power strategies (intimately related to global, neoliberal capitalism), and therefore have a profound effect on culture. In order to grasp the many dimensions of precarity and its relation to contemporary forms of life, a variety of intellectual disciplines (philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, economics, political theory) and collective practices (performance art, activism, counter-cultural community formations) try to think and figure the ‘precarious subject’. From here onwards, central question include: How can precarity be linked to biopolitics? What kinds of resistance to precarity are emerging? Can new forms of engagement be found in cultural and critical work related to precarity? To what extent is culture instrumentalized in contemporary practices of governing and even championed as a model? How is precarity claimed as an identity in contemporary culture as well as social movements?

 

a recent conversation with a former schoolmate

how are you?
 
im good. a bit overwhelmed, a bit exhausted, a bit lost. i guess its all good but yet, insecure
you dont strike me as that insercure by the way
 
hehe. yeah, but i try to deal with it. theres a lot of mysteries happening at the moment, especially concerning love and other people
im just out of school
 
ah i understand
 
and it strikes you
 
yeah, things take a different turn
that you need to deal with shit!!
try to ignore what school told you and try to see WHAT you started in the first place and what excactly it was what you liked about the idea or school
i wanted to learn floorwork and improvisation, which i got
find yours
dont approve
yeah. i know. its not that easy though. but it has to happen.
but there is several market techniques that ere being applied over and over
you have the ability to create something original
 
yeah
 
if you manage to “trademark” it, or make people see what is special
you have an unreplaceable position

Clarification

Just to make things clear:

This is me! Karina Sarkissova

I am a Russian-born Swede, a performer and dancemaker, and welcoming you to my blog/webpage. I hate contemporary dance, as the danceworld looks today. I hate the way dancers get brainwashed, and I hate the skills and body you are supposed to have. I hate dance so much that I make dance. I am an antidancer, I like to oppose dance and its ideals.

THIS IS NOT ME!

I am not the soloist ballerina Karina Sarkissova who got suspended from the Vienna opera for posting nude pictures in the magazine Wiener. Poor woman. I wish I could take a cup of coffee with her, speaking about the ballet world, that is so narrow-minded that its brain has been squeezed out of its head.

THE BALLERINA KARINA SARKISSOVA, IF YOU SEE THIS, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU! I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU! WE COULD TOGETHER CREATE A FEMINISTIC REVENGE TOWARDS THE CONVENTIONAL POWERS OF THE CONSTIPATED BALLET WORLD! WE WOULD CREATE A SENSATION!