Javier Pérez: En Puntas (2013)
Video installation of variable measurements comprising:
Sculpture: pointe shoes, stainless steel knives
Video projection: HD blu-ray, with sound, screened on a wall
A ballerina, whose pointe shoes are extended by a set of sharp kitchen knives, dances and twirls insistently until reaching exhaustion, fighting to maintain balance on the lid of a grand piano set on a stage. The theatre with its red velvet warm lighting, resembles an oversized music box. The camera turns around the dancer revealing the opposite side of the room: an empty and painfully bare theatre.
The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel. Initially shy and hesitant, her steps become more and more emphatic, menacing and not exempt of violence, scraping and cutting into the delicate surface of the piano with her sharp pointe shoes.
Through this work, Javier Perez investigates and reflects once again upon the human condition. Using a strongly metaphorical language rich in powerful symbolism, he reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.
Woah, Ballerina-knife… And here I thought ice skates were fearsome footwear…
The video is eerily painful to watch though. Her staggering and near-falls, the scraping of knives on that magnificent grand piano (what’s with people and destroying grand pianos /sob), her standing at the very egde and then screaming ragefully “J’te déteste!” and “J’te hais!” (“I hate you!”)… I don’t know, maybe I expected there would more deadly grace and less precarious anger after reading the video description, hahah.
Still. Wow. Standing on knife-pointes. Crazy feat.
This is me when I listen to techno
This makes me so happy I can’t even explain it.
I want to be this fantastic when I’m old.
Granchild is not paying attention to quite a performance right there.
Maybe he’s used to the shenanigans though, all things considered