Delicate Instruments of Engagement

Alexandra Pirici’s performance explores disappearing boundaries between politics and pop culture.

  • 24.5.2022 at 14–18
  • 25.5.2022 at 14–18
  • 26.5.2022 at 12–16
  • 27.5.2022 at 14–18
  • 28.5.2022 at 12–16
  • 29.5.2022 at 12–16
3rd floor
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Alexandra Pirici, Delicate Instruments of Engagement, 2017. National Dance Center, Sala Omnia. Photo: Alina Usurelu.

About the performance

Roaming across the past, present and future, Delicate Instruments of Engagement explores the disappearance of boundaries between politics and pop culture in contemporary societies. 

The artist re-mediates images and events that have become icons of our time. The performance is a mix of internet memes, important events in pop culture, images, situations and political speeches through which Pirici examines the history of art and politics. The elements include Rembrandt’s painting The Abduction of Europa, Salvador Allende’s last speech, George Michael’s hit Freedom ’90, the Google search engine, and the John Travolta meme.  

Examining the political gestures of our time, the performance raises questions about agency and power, highlighting the interplay between systems of classification and control. 

Viewing instructions

The performance has no real beginning or end, you can watch as long as you like. The audience is also free to move in the exhibition space where the work is performed. 

Alexandra Pirici

Alexandra Pirici is a Romanian artist and choreographer and one of the leading figures of contemporary performance art. The themes addressed in her works include history, the structures of invisible power, and the construction of reality by the spread of popular culture. The form and content of her work revolves around an understanding of history as a contested collection of constantly reconfigured narratives.    


The team

Choreographer: Alexandra Pirici 
Performers: Paul Dunca/Paula Dunker, Mihai Mihalcea, Maria Mora, Cristian Nanculescu and Cristina Toma 
Delicate Instruments of Engagement is a project of the Impulse Theater Festival and the FFT Düsseldorf. 

In cooperation with

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, National Centre of Dance Bucharest, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Tanzquartier Wien. 

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