Frozen Laugh

Collaboration with Ballet Moscow

Frozen Laugh
plays with the alienation of the body from itself and its environment, with frozen emotions and left-over expressions. It is a moving body-installation that deals with the side effect of laughing. In every culture a laugh has the connotation of happiness but it's actually also very close to crying, screaming, smirking or other expressions. Often, it is used as a mask to protect or manipulate.

Laughing involves more than a hundred muscles and is therefore one of the most absurd dance-moves of the human body.

This work dives deeply into visual art and plastic art and is mainly inspired by the classical tradition of tableaux vivants. In Frozen Laugh these living pictures are brought into movement, but in order to intensify the impressions, we extend or repeat the actions and expressions through technics of looping, slow motion or cut-ups, as they are used in  stop motion pictures or in minimal music. In almost every real sculpture there is a hidden metaphor – and it manifests itself through the effect of freezing. This retention of time intensifies the character of the sculpture or changes it into the opposite.