As part of Episode 4 – From Dusk Till Dawn Keren Cytter presents the performance Performer/ Audience/ Mirror as well as the Dutch premiere of The True Story of John Webber and His Endless Struggle with the Table of Content in collaboration with D.I.E NOW.
The True Story of John Webber and His Endless Struggle with the Table Of Content by Keren Cytter and the dance group Dance International Europe Now features political activist John Webber and graphic designer Linda Schultz who wake up one morning and notice that they have undergone an unexpected change of sex. The consequences of this incident domino out in society, sexual politics and identity and lead finally to a revolution.
The cast of The True Story consists of Luc van Esch, Andrew Kerton, Dafna Maimon, Susie Meyer and Fabian Stumm. The True Story is co-produced by If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Performa (New York), and Tate Modern (London). The Dutch premiere is part of a tour that traveled to the partner organizations from November 2009 until January 2010.
Performer / Audience / Mirror (2009) is an interpretation of the seminal performance Performer / Audience / Mirror (1975) by Dan Graham. In Cytter’s adaptation the performance features, instead of a sole performer (the artist himself) two actors, one male one female, who experience a sex change. The male actor, closely following Graham’s performance, describes himself, his external features, and then goes on to observe and describe the audience’s external appearance. The female actor recounts scattered memories and introduces another reality into the here and now of the gathering.