Photo: Joke Backx


Twisting Maria

performance, Stedelijk Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch

Dimension: H 3.50 m
Soundtrack Jan van den Dobbelsteen

Twisting Maria is a performance inspired by a traditional celebration at the end of the harvest time. The harvested grain would be blessed and mixed with the seeds of the winter wheat, only than it could be sown. The performance took place in the middle of the first high room of the museum.
The performer Mariëlle Videler stood in a frozen position on a small round stage. Her hair straight up tied to a long metal tube and connected to an electric motor. A visitor activated the performer / motor by moving the entrance ticket over a sensor. The short soundtrack began to play; a spotlight went on and the motor started turning. Videler followed the slow circular motion and bended her arms into the next position. The performance ended after two and a half hour by cutting her hair.


Photo: Joke Backx