In his essay Über das Marionettentheater (1810), the German poet Heinrich von Kleist states that Man rarely reaches grace because we are constantly affected by feelings and thoughts, which prevent us from acting with the singlemindedness and purity of an animal or a puppet.
In the framework of a series of public performances, several members of the audience are designated to join on stage. The stage is made of some light and of a backdrop with shiny multiple peacock eyes. The artist literally prompts the performers what to say, in their ear , sentence by sentence, acting himself like a “souffleur” or puppeteer. The strings are words.
With My Tongue in Your Cheek has been growing from previous performances which took place at Pages Magazine Tehran (IR), Bonner Kunstverein (DE), Uqbar Berlin (DE), Taidekolou Maa Helsinki (FIN) and Kulturhuset Stockholm (SWE).
The project is developed and tested in a number of presentations. The first of these presentations took place in FLACC in December 2010. The second presentation took place at Komplot (Brussels) and the last will be at De Voorkamer (Lier)
With My Tongue in Your Cheek is a staged work written and conducted by the artist Stéphane Querrec in which the artist make people from an audience say certain things.
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