rock to jolt [ ] stagger to ash, Alexis Blake

Alexis Blake made a contemporary ode to lament with the performance rock to jolt [ ] stagger to ash. With this project, Blake won the Prix de Rome last year, but due to the lockdown, the performance could only be shown at the opening.

Alexis Blake made an ode to lamentation with the performance rock to jolt [ ] stagger to ash. In this work, the American Blake, who lives in the Netherlands, goes in search of the liberating, emancipating power of uncensored and uncontrolled emotions. In ancient Greece, lamentation was banned. Blake has her performers break the silence. They use their bodies in all sorts of ways to bring out what is being suppressed or censored.

Blake combines visual arts, dance and performance in her work and she uses choreography, sound, video, smell and sculptures. The jury of the Prix de Rome praises how well Blake masters the principles of conveying emotion, how she manages to make the most of the resonating space of the monumental museum staircase, within a tradition of artists who took possession of this place in the Stedelijk Museum. In this way the performance can be felt physically as well as intellectually understood.

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