Text and images by Noemi Gunea,
This Saturday 10th of December the Royal Academy (RA) and the Arts Student Union gave us the amazing opportunity of creating a performance for the James Ensor RA programme. We obtained the commission through an open call advertised on the Arts Student Union website, and waited impatiently for the results. Our project proposal was, as expected from a collaboration of students from MA Performance Design and Practice, very much relying on live interaction.
We imagined dressing up in a style reminiscent of James Ensor‘s paintings, cover our faces with impressionist-like make-up and create havoc in the RA, dancing around with audience members, whispering intrigues in their ears, breaking out in poetry, giggling, falling asleep on the stairs or startling them. A playful, mischievous bringing to life of the atmosphere Ensor captures in his work. The audience was very receptive, and many were dressed up beyond our wildest dreams!