Two guys in Lloret de mar – hand in my pants while cooking at my parents place
by Masha Shalagina and Leon Locher
Performance 15. 12. 2023 at 19:30 hrs
“Through the interplay between text and movement, we reengage with body memory of sexual harassment. By reiterating the process of remembering and documenting using a series of different textual and physical strategies, we ask for a space in between – a space where we can re-invent our bodies by re-interpreting movement patterns, questioning the potential of erotics as a tool to re-empower a harassed body.“
Image credits: Masha Shalagina
masha shalagina is a dance artist who perceives dance as an experience of relationships and interactions that are created by its participants. In 2016 she entered the Academy of Russian Ballet to study art of choreography (BA). In 2019-2020 was a participant of a contemporary dance company “FIRST” directed by Maya Selezneva. In 2020 she finished “PAYDEIA” program — school of contemporary art interpretation. In 2021 she left Russia due to unfolding political pressure in the country and since that moment she has been focusing on activist art and political action. In 2022 she shot an anti-war music video in collaboration with Bjorn Blomqvist; presented her work as part of Tbilisi Architecture Biennale; created a performance about the borders of countries and bodies in collaboration with Ukrainian artist Andrii Romanenko; participated in the re-production of „In C“ by Sasha Waltz with an inclusive dance group. In 2023 she got a DanceWEB Scholarship and started developing a series of projects about body memory and gaze politics during the ImPulsTanz festival.
Leon Locher (they/them) is a performance maker, performer and writer born in 1998 in Berlin, Germany who grew up in Bern, Switzerland. Since 2021, they are a student at the Institute for Language Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna as well as the Angewandte Performance Lab. In their work, a main focus lies on the intersection between text, body and space. Works by and with them have been shown at the Rundgang of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, in the Gallery KUB in Leipzig and on the P14 stage at the Volksbühne in Berlin. Topics examined in their performances and texts are the biopolitics of gender and sexuality, nationalist and far-right movements and transgenerational family dynamics.