I am not on the Blacklist.
Performing and unperforming the toxicity of censorship
Performance 07.11.–10.11.2019 19:00
With Hyoung-Min Kim and Gabriel Galindez Cruz
Entry Free – Donations welcome
I am not on the Blacklist is a dance performance that seeks to investigate the toxicity of censorship in the body and in everyday life. Through practice-based research with a motion-sensor light, Hyoung-Min Kim and Gabriel Galindez Cruz explore the impact that both state-induced censorship as well as forms of self-censorship have had on their lives and their bodies. Does censorship contaminate us like noxious chemicals, imperceptible to the eye but slowly spreading the poison of self-optimisation and suppression into our minds, bodies, and behaviours?
Through personal experiences growing up in South Korea and Colombia, the two performers recall on stage the material consequences that the supposedly invisible politics of censorship can have on those who find themselves on the “wrong” side of the hegemonic divide. Hyoung-Min’s habit of self-censorship formed from childhood experiences in South Korea. Her fears, that still persist years later and in the diaspora of speaking about this history, show the deep and long-lasting impact that censorship can have on the body and psyche. Gabriel interacts with the toxicity of censorship from an alternate angle, constructing a solo that is embedded in the power of free, unbridled speech. His attempt, doomed to fail in light of the ever-growing number, is to name every environmental Colombian activist who has been killed in the past years due to their revolutionary work. In this context, censorship has a lethal connotation, the act of killing as a way of censoring the body permanently.
I am not on the Blacklist has no definitive ending in the classical sense. Rather, it employs an ongoing, ever-mutating practice that engages with the subtle techniques of censorship in order to locate it, quarantine it, override it, and perhaps, to find creative, generative ways to interrogate it into everyday survival strategies.
Concept / Choreography Hyoung-Min Kim
Dance / Co-Creation Gabriel Galindez Cruz, Hyoung-Min Kim
Music Mattef Kuhlmey
Sound Markus Dassau
Costumes Aurel Lenfert
Dramaturgy Lisa Skwirblies
Light Design Benjamin Schälike
Light Assistence Hanna Kitten Tangsoo
Management Jutta Polić
Curator Monilola Ilupeju
Technical Assistance Ola Zielińska
Management Lema Sikod
Communications Anna Jäger
This performance is presented within the framework of SAVVY Contemporary’s project THE LONG TERM YOU CANNOT AFFORD. ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE TOXIC and Tanzfabrik Berlin in the frame of OPEN SPACES. It is kindly supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.