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Grasping a hot coal5

 

 

Grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else

 

Tsuchimoto envisioned this performance with the intention of creating an illusional disorder generated by sounds, lights, and aggressive actions. Her objective was to convey an oppressive experience upon the audience members in a demanding and theatrical context. With the work, she questioned individual responsibility and engagement in the group and the process of creating collective emotions and crowd phenomena.

First, Tsuchimoto handed out blindfolds to the members at the entrance and began the performance with a friendly instruction to wear the blindfolds. The lights were turned off and she gave gentle touches to each member in the darkness. After a while, sound (created with the intention of agitating the audience) was played and strobe lights started to blink. Then performers placed among the audience members began to scream and stomp throughout the performance space. While the performers shouted and walked around the space chaotically, Tsuchimoto and several assistants attempted to comfort the audience members and rescue them from the nerve-racking situation. As the dynamic intensity of the sound amplified, the level of the screaming also escalated. The performance ended when the entire audience was evacuated from the main stage.

 

Performance at Tehdas Theatre, Turku, Finland: Organized by New Performance Turku

(photo 1-4 by Jussi Virkkumaa, photo 5-14 by Julius Töyrylä, video by Christopher Hewitt) 

 

Performers:
Valtteri Juvonen
Karen Soinila
Ida Martikainen
Salla Valle
Roope Laukkanen
Samuel Antero Laakso 
Kaisa Huotari
Veera Lohiniva 
Mirja Alahuhtala

Sound: Daniel Konar