This week, the Tenerife Arts Space (TEA) is offering two live art performances by Croatian artist and choreographer Ivana Müller. “We Are Still Watching” is the title of this production, which will be performed this Friday and Saturday, at 18:00, after which Müller will have an informal chat with the audience. This creation will be performed by the spectators themselves, by a momentary community of audience members that changes with each session of the show. And as they change, the work changes radically each time it is performed.
In addition to this, on Saturday, at 12 noon, there will be a meeting with the artist in which she will talk about her works and creative processes. These proposals form part of the live arts programme By Assault, curated by Javier Arozena.
“We Are Still Watching” takes the form of a rehearsal-reading in which spectators meet while reading the script of the work together. For about an hour, the spectators create and interpret a community, making individual and collective decisions while reading a text that someone else has written for them. This is a piece in which the idea of spectacle shifts to where one least expects it. Something that for a moment might seem like a bad play, becomes an invitation to look beyond the script. Without leaving the realm of theatre and performance, it leaves room for something real to happen.
Ivana Müller was born in Zagreb and grew up in Croatia and Amsterdam. She lives in Paris and works internationally. She studied Comparative Literature and French at the University of Zagreb, Choreography and Dance at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Fine Arts at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. From 2004 to 2009 she was a founding member of the collaborative artistic platform LISA.
Through her choreographic and theatrical work – performances, installations, text works, video lectures, audio pieces, guided tours and web works – she rethinks the politics of spectacle and the spectacular, revisits the place of the imaginary and the imagination, questions the notion of participation, investigates the idea of value and its representation, and continues to be inspired by the relationship between performer and spectator.