London

My place in society does not allow me to play Russian roulette, to open a casino, to carry on a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton, to dress myself out of a fashion magazine, to wear sneakers Made in China. My place in society requires me to barely lift a finger, to spy on my concierge, to wait for the bus, to reread the rules which govern my access to the penal code, to put my socks on right side out, to carry on a normal conversation, to correctly spell the following words: ? WARNING, DON?T MOVE, YOU?RE ON CAMERA? (tonelessly), to open a bank account, to climb the walls, to smoke and drink to excess. I?m a folk tale hero. 340,000 copies sold every year. I hold the department store sales record for 40 years. To answer to the question: What color is Henry IV?s white horse? Question... Answer...

Blanche-Neige

series of actions and performances,

initiated by Catherine Baÿ

Snow Whites at Todaysart Festival, The Hague (NL) September 2009

With :
Arja van Manen, Dorsaf Iben Nasser, Florence Rapati, Guillemette Ferrié, Ilse Klimsop, Irenke Pleijsier, June McGrane, Leonie Overgaag, Marleen Kleinstapels, Naomi Canard, Toni Schwartz, Viridiana Hernandez, Yolande van Welij

Sound : Ludovic Germain
Camera and editing : Thomas Courcelle
Costume design and realization : Roël Stassart
Montage : Véronique Adler, ISOTOM
Production the Hague : RobertK Art Productions

Special thanks to :
Anastasia Chiarella, Paul Cornelissen, Leo Sterrenburg

 

The prospect of having performance artists dressed up like Disney’s Snow White parading with toy guns in the city hall caused quite a stir in The Hague over the last weeks. It is not that the Dutch are easily scandalized – they are rather hardened in matters of artistic provocation - but the consistency in the branding of a city such as the The Hague is becoming a more important principle than artistic freedom. The Hague likes to present itself as the international capital of peace and justice, and to start with, the officials in charge of city marketing didn’t like the theme chosen by Todaysart festival 2009, “The Hague City of Conflict”.