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Pavlo Kerestey "Cadmium Cave"




The work was started in 1990 for my installation with a film projector. It served as a screen, a mirror on which the painted landscape repeated an easily moving picture from the film projector. The original name is the Mechanical Windmill.


Over time, the experiment with the picture-screen has changed. There was another function of the picture - the backdrop for playing live, not on the screen. The name of the picture is taken from the text of the novel by Adalbert Stifter, in which the main characters, children run away and escape from the plague, hide in mountain caves, survive, helping each other.


Ballet Granite was staged for the PERM Museum of Contemporary Art in Perm. It was a performance, in which social choreography was perceived as a way and means to look at the consequences of a catastrophic natural phenomenon - an explosion. Together with Suzanne Clausen and Michelle Sereda, we staged a punk performance - a series of "living images", recreated from famous historical paintings, models of common everyday behavior and cinematic classics. This blurred the boundaries between the theater and the performance, resulting in something like a new opera. The dance was based on the so-called crash choreography, whose movements are taken from the language of ballet and modern dance, in particular, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Trisha Brown, and today's pioneers of dance, Edward Locke and William Forsythe.


The "Ballet" project began in 2006 and was first shown in Reading (Great Britain) as a film-installation. Then it was introduced to the Mackenzie Gallery (Canada), where in April-August 2011 the live performance "Ballet-Granite" arose. In March 2012, the project was implemented in the museum of the city of Thun, Switzerland.


Pavlo Kerestey