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Maria Clara Villa Lobos ’Head On’

maa 15/11/2010 > din 30/11/2010

Inspired by visual arts and more specifically the work of American artist Paul McCarthy, “Head On” is a sort of quest of one self and deals with questions around identity, solitude, alienation in an era where we have all the technological means to “stay connected”.
It stages a sort of life size “Smiley” who is lost, a sort of simplified version of the human genre, like a drawing of a child: a figure with two black dots as eyes and a hole for a mouth, a sexless being that has no aim nor knows where it came from.
Because of this “neutral” quality , the spectator can project all sorts of images on it, from embryo to E.T., from a giant baby to a cartoon character.
The solo is constructed in a way that it goes from abstract forms such as a cell, a sphere or phallic forms to more figurative images, so that there’s an accumulative effect that culminates in a sort of burst or explosion.
It ranges from beauty to grotesque, from melancholy to humor, from coherent to absurd.
The sound track by Gaetan Bulourde is composed mainly by bodily sounds and different voices remixed and gives a visceral quality to the whole.

With the support of :
Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats, Le Brass, Brazilian embassy Brussels, Service de la Danse de la Communauté française de Belgique, Les Brigittines.

To view the short video clip check out the website :

A solo performance by Maria Clara Villa Lobos
Costume: Pauline Picry
Soundtrack: Gaetan Bulourde