Grace Schwindt (DE/GB)

Opera and steel

Opera performance on the convergence of market and morality, with dance, acrobatics, text, video, live music, light and sculpture.

Artist Grace Schwindt is able like no other to capture big themes in crystal-clear, poetic performances. For Opera and Steel, she spoke to a man who has spent 37 years on a remote beach, mapping oil pollution and its effects on seabirds. In doing so, he has involuntarily supplied the oil industry with figures it can use to demonstrate its efficiency. Schwindt sketches the man’s experiences using two dancers, an acrobat, an opera singer, text, video, live music, light and sculpture. Performers become objects, objects become costumes and video and dance merge – as man, bird and oil become irretrievably entangled, generating an impression of individual life within global capitalism.

NL-Premiere: 15 March

Grace Schwindt creates performances and films that reduce big historical events or social themes to human proportions. She is able to expose underlying social mechanisms using performers, text, objects and sound as pieces of equal value. Placing the body simply as an object among other objects raises issues of age, class, origin and gender. In recent years, she has created the performance The Signal and the films Tenant and Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society. Schwindt’s work is shown in galleries, arts centres, at fairs and theatres throughout and outside of Europe.

Rozenstraat- a rose is a rose is a rose is a new project space for visual art in Amsterdam and is supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, the Stokroos Foundation and the Mondriaan Fund for the production of "Opera and Steel". In September 2018 Grace Schwindt's solo show "Marching Figures and Other Tales" opens in the space on Rozenstraat 59.

DirectionGrace Schwindt
PerformersYumiko Funaya, Gerard Bell
TextGerard Bell
SingingBjörk Níelsdóttir
MusicTristan Renfrow & Iose Ravera|
AcrobaticsClaire Hermans
Dramaturgy adviceEsther Severi
Commissioned byKaaitheater
Supported byArgos Centre for Art and Media & Instituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles
Produced byRozenstraat - a rose is a rose is a rose