Guda Koster & Frans van Tartwijk developed the project INNERWORLD of five performances in public space for the Brabants monastic year (2021)
The living sculptures used in Inner World are made from textiles, and the two performers are hidden inside them, but they aren’t theater costumes. The performers are invisible for the viewer, but can’t see anything themselves. The living sculptures show up, stand frozen and move only now and then. Whenever something does happen, the movements are simple and measured, but you couldn’t call it dancing. Sometimes sound is used, but you couldn’t call it music. Usually, the performances are not announced as public events and don’t happen at a scheduled time. The casual passersby are the audience.
Inner World is specifically about stillness. The immobility in between the action is just as important as the action itself. The viewers will have to wait and see what and if something will happen. In these works there are subtle references to religion, but they aren’t explicitly religious. The Performances of Inner World slow you down. Videorecordings of the performances can be viewed here or look at the performance section of the website.
Commissioned by Brabants Kloosterleven