In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, in autumn 2014, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.
Alex Crow is a dancer from SF, the United States, and she breathes her way through the world with a very sensitive connection to her body.
Photo: Yvonne Portra
Poem nr 5.
I left your party with a scrunted face
and you may wonder why
But my heart was simply just misplaced
and I did start to cry
when you sang that song the funeral “so long”
That’s when my tears fell down.
It was 2001 and I was 20 years old. My heart was on fire and I wanted to do performance art. So I did; the first performance of my career took place on Exit Festival of Unusual Live Performances, which was arranged by the award-winning artist Roi Vaara, at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki. Interestingly enough, Roi found a free spot in the schedule for me to perform.
The performance Polemik/Rinkelit included drinking coffee, lighting candles, rolling on the floor, and throwing bagels on the audience. They were also given paper flyers with an info graph of the performer’s body temperature during the last 7 days.
It is very interesting to look back and think about the connection of the old works compared to the present. One thing I still have in common with the young Outi-Illuusia, is the enthusiasm to find unique ways of connecting with the viewers. The audience is always important for any performer.
Lighting up a memorial candle. Photo: Christopher Hewitt
Making movements with the body on an X shaped area. Photo: Christopher Hewitt
Enthusiasm is overflowing towards the climax of the performance, when it is time to throw the bagels on people. Photo: Christopher Hewitt