Together Alone for INTERBELLUM #2 (2020)

Together Alone for INTERBELLUM #2
Live-performance + 200-meters long installation
Duration performance: 30 minutes
2020

Together Alone is a collaboration between performance artist Lisette Ros, dancer Guido Dutilh and curator Gabriel Rolt and was developed during the groups’ residency at Het HEM in August 2020. 

The performance will take place in the 200-meters long underground shooting range. The movements of the performing couple will be tracked by the visitors’ phone flashlights. Visitors become participants, whilst supporting the sight of Ros and Tessarini.

Over the twenty five minutes long duration of the performance, Ros and Tessarini, locked in a seemingly unbreakable, physical relationship with each other, drag and crawl their way through a layer of gun grease, coating a passage in the entire length of the space.

The duo’s movements are slow and ambiguous, accompanied by grunts and moans that suggest both pain and desire. Taking a conceptual cue from the space its former history as a bullet factory, the artists duck and flinch, avoiding imaginary bullets. The nature of the connection between Ros and Tessarini is never clear and the boundaries between their bodies become less and less distinct as exhaustion takes them over. Their relationship, seemingly sensual, becomes possibly one of mutual isolation and alienation – Together Alone.

NDT dancer Luca Tessarini and artist Lisette Ros waiting to start the performance Together Alone
NDT dancer Luca Tessarini and artist Lisette Ros during the performance at Het HEM
NDT dancer Luca Tessarini and artist Lisette Ros during the performance at Het HEM, Together Alone.
NDT dancer Luca Tessarini and artist Lisette Ros after the performance at Het HEM, Together Alone.
NDT dancer Luca Tessarini and artist Lisette Ros after the performance at Het HEM, Together Alone, in 2021.
NDT dancer Luca Tessarini and artist Lisette Ros after the performance at Het HEM, Together Alone, in 2021.

© Text by Maria Langerhorst and Nick Hackworth
© Lisette Ros, Gabriel Rolt, Guido Dutilh
© Photos and videos taken by spectators
© Performance Lisette Ros & Luca Tessarini