With Boudoir, Steven Cohen continues his research into the mark different powers and history make upon the body, as well as the mark of death on life. As in his precedent works he confronts and transcends this through the concrete, visual and sensual invention of hybrid and fluid identities born out of the meeting of opposing behaviours – which are thus incorporated or metabolized.
From Outside In is a hybrid work composed of four “scores” which confront one another, giving form to a single and unique utterance. Four artistic forms provoke, question and answer each other, giving rise to unison speaking, language of the living, constantly endangered.
What is played through Steven Cohen’s installation- performance is at the crossroads of testimony, investigation and poetic rambling. Costumes, videos, phosphorescent lights and rats are the beacons of a place intentionally not situated in terms of periods and continents, on the edge of history and imagination.
Avec Golgotha, créé en réaction au suicide de son frère, victime selon lui de l’impitoyable machine économique de notre temps, Steven Cohen puise au plus intime pour trouver une danse dans l’intervalle laissé vacant entre l’amoralité du commerce (chaque chose est à vendre) et les rituels de lamentation (tout s’achève dans la mort)
Chandelier‘s work reveals through performance art, dance and film, the contradictions between Europe and Africa, white and black, rich and poor, shadow and light, the private and the public, the strong and the oppressed, security and danger.
Chandelier is a performance by Steven Cohen made for the first time on video in 2001, in South Africa in the middle of the black homeless people of Johannesburg during the destruction of their slum by the municipal employees. A ballet where violence is omnipresent.
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