Passivity Rules / Memories of Being Hanged

Passivity Rules / Memories of Being Hanged is a performance based on movement and speech, premiering at Skogen November 20-22 2020. Due to covid the performance was also made into the form of a movie.

Passivity Rules / Memories of Being Hanged builds on experiences of being tied, especially in the context of rope bondage. The piece is a spin-off of the performance Someone You Trust (from 2018).

Passivity rules are systems where passivity facilitates something, opens up something. It is also an interjection, putting passivity first: Passivity rules! Memories of being hanged stands for experiences of losing control over one’s passivity, being close to dying or disappearing, concretely or metaphorically. Passivity Rules/Memories of Being Hanged is about what is going on in a body that seems to sink, let go, lose its grip – or actually does.

Here, passivity is related to femininity. Our entry point to that is feminist. It’s not that we want to demonstrate that Women Can Do It (be active). Rather, we want to examine passivity as a lived experience, demanding competences and having consequences.

Documentation and rehearsal photos by Katerina Lukoshkova:

Concept and performance: Tova Gerge & Britta Kiessling

Sound: Elize Arvefjord

Visual form: Ekaterina Lukoshkova

Third eye: Caroline Byström

Coproduction: Nyxxx and Skogen

With the financial support of The Swedish Arts Grant Committee and The Swedish Arts Council.

Thanks to Weld Company and MDT Stockholm.

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