Tuesday, 9 September 2008
MILENA MUZQUIZ 'A SLEEPWALKER IS STANDING' WORLD PREMIER IN LONDON
scenes from the play
artist Esther Planas, gallerist Javier Perez, Milena Muzquiz and Jeppe Laursen from Junior Senior
Milena Muzquiz between Casia Tabatini and Liliana Sanguino
curator Carmen Julia and artist Stefan Bruggemann
curator Mathieu Copeland and artist Fia Backstrom
Rodman Primack and Susanne Oberbeck
The Centre for Aesthetics and Pablo Leon de la Barra present Situation #1:
A SLEEPWALKER IS STANDING
a new play by Milena Muzquiz
Monday, September 8, 2008, 9 PM
Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson Street, London E2
A voice narrates in darkness:
“I just couldn’t come up with anything, every time something came into my mind it opened a door and walked out. Every step penetrating particles of dust casting shadows on empty bottles and tangled webs. Then after a long day tossing and turning in bed I decided to go into the kitchen to heat up a small piece of chicken I had in the refrigerator. Finally, a woman walked into a restaurant, she had very high heels on and you could hear her footsteps, she wore a strange hat that decorated her head. She seemed nervous, but found a friend to sit with, and immediately started talking to him...”
Alexis Marguerite Teplin
and a special appearance by Susanne Oberbeck
Milena Muzquiz lives between Los Angeles, Rome and Palermo. She is one half of music/art collaboration Los Super Elegantes, with whom she exhibited in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and created the Slow Dance Club as part of the Frieze Art Fair 2004 Art Project Commissions curated by Polly Staple. Individually she also develops her own art, music and fashion label. Her work, a meta collage of forms, formats and references, portrays and deconstructs contemporary culture, aesthetic relations and human existence. With Los Super Elegantes she will participate in the next Sao Paulo Biennial curated by Ivo Mesquita.
Without a permanent physical space, the Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution creates exhibitions and situations in different cities and places, which engage with artistic production and public in non traditional ways. The Centre appears and disappears, it is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
Special thanks to the cast, Bistrotheque, David Waddington, Tom Collins, Liverpool Biennal, Esther Planas, Giles Deacon, Graceby Fashion Kingsland Road, and George and Dragon Pub.
This is what the public said:
"Spectacular! Samuel Beckett meets Augusto Boal, theathre of the absurd meets theatre of the oppressed!"
"What was it all about? it was like being inside the eye of a hurricane, hurricane Milena!"
"This is the beginning of the aesthetic revolution!"
"David Waddington as the pig carver and Rudy Weissenberg as the barman are in the best roles of their career!"
"you can clearly see the influence of living in Italy in her work, there's all the elements of greek and roman drama there"
"Great Feminist Cast: Milena Muzquiz, Esther Planas, Alexis Teplin and Susanne Oberbeck!"
"Only Milena Muzquiz and Pablo Leon de la Barra together could pull one like this!"
"Milena Muzquiz has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. What's more, since the second act is a subtly different reprise of the first, she has written a play in which nothing happens, twice."
"Passolini meets Mary Poppins; Martha Stewart meets Herman Nitsch"
"Was it an abstract drama or a disco musical?"
"This is the last time I'll go to any of Miss Muzquiz performances."
"Three thumbs up"