Thursday, 14.7.2022, 15:00 to 18:00 Mathilde Rosier. Le massacre du printemps
In cooperation with the Collection Lemaître Paris, the MAERZ Artists' Association is showing the video work “Le massacre du printemps” by French artist Mathilde Rosier.
Ballet inspired by le Sacre du printemps – The Rite of Spring by Vaslav Nijinski-The work is divided into two parts, which question the very principles of the original ballet.
In the first act of Stravinsky’s work, entitled ‘The Adoration of Earth’, the choreography recalls the agricultural dances of pagan Russia. For Rosier the dancers, imitating the movements and gestures of farmers in the act of cultivating fields, connect the act of worshiping the land with the beginning of its progressive exploitation. For this reason the ‘worship’ of the original ballet is revealed as the beginning of an unstoppable ‘exploitation’: ‘the peasants become ears of wheat, the destiny of humanity is linked to that of plants’. We treat ourselves as we treat plants, industrialized, commodified. The blind pursuit of growth, avidity, greed, only reflect our inability to ever be satisfied. This bottomless dissatisfaction is the reason for the disaster’.
In the second act of Stravinsky’s work, entitled ‘The Sacrifice’, a woman is designated to perform a sacrifice to the Earth to plead for the return of spring after winter and ensure the perpetuation of the well-being of the human species. In Rosier’s reinterpretation, the sacrifice of the young woman does not take place and is transformed into the metamorphosis of all the farmers and wheat fields into a forest of trees that spreads over the city and the industrial site previously known as Naples. The artist recalls its millenary culture, almost as if to close a circle or, better, to reopen it: ‘in the Baroque paintings present in the numerous churches in the city, as in the ex-voto paintings, the Virgin Mary and angels float above the mortals, with the intention to protect, save the chaotic world. For many of us, the catholic message failed to answer the ontological question but the image stays with us, the image of an invisible realm of supra human creatures capable of filling the feeling of void that makes our chest empty, our heart dry. Maybe those supra human creatures are to be found in natural forms, in trees and forest that would inhabit our chest. We have to re-oxygenate our chest with this forest, feel the plenty within us, the lungs and the heart full’. Text by Andrea Viliani for MADRE , Naples
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