In QUESTION PLAZA: ACTS OF VIOLENCE, I was busy with how the form of the ‘myth’ is used to explain what in the world of logic and science has no validity, for example, apparitions, supernatural healing powers, telepathy. I particularly took inspiration from sources like Jommanda, the Virgin Mary communicating her warnings and/or messages to different people in the world and in different forms, and people refer to as entities who communicate with 'the underworld'.

For the movement research, in the first part of the performance I studied the possessed body controlled by supernatural powers, like in shamanistic rituals, in Catholicism, the body exorcised by a priest, and the use of masks in prehispanic dances as the medium to communicate with the spirits or the dead. The second part of the performance is the antithesis of this. When the light changes drastically, I reveal the construction of the event, demystifying what the viewer had just engaged in before.


Performance: Michel Mostertman and Melissa Cisneros

Presentation: School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam, 2004