On 11 and 12 November 2009, History in the Making will be presented in The Kitchen at Performa 09, the biennial for performance art in New York. History in the Making is the culmination of a project that Cytter has developed over the last year, working with performance for the first time in her career, within the framework of If I Can’t Dance’s Edition III – Masquerade. The project has evolved through a series of live and video works into a dance-theater play, in which Cytter explores the theme of masquerade by addressing identity construction, politics and ultimately revolution.
Protagonists John Webber and Linda Schultz are confronted by a radical sex change; its impact on perception affects the experiences and intricacies of their daily lives, leading to dramatic consequences. Cytter plays with language, imagery, choreography and light to create a highly stylized theatrical performance, addressing these ideas with insight and humour.
History in the Making is commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, and co-produced by If I Can’t Dance, Hebbel am Ufer, Performa 09 and Tate Modern.