Solo performance

Created & performed by Adi Lerer
Scenographey by Jia Chiann-Ingrid Hu
Choreography by Thomas Kampe
Duration: 30min
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Amen is a solo performance experimenting the juxtaposition of movement, text, projected imagery, and sound.

The piece explores the act of bringing the palms of the hands together in the praying position; asking why humans do it and where this act comes from?
Inspired by the painting ‘The Martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria’ by the German painter Lucas Cranach, depicting the last moments before her beheading, kneeling and joining her hands in a prayer position. The performer is set out to investigate the instinctive action that made this gesture universal for praying, meditating, worshiping, showing a sense of gratitude, reverence, dread and devotion.
The audience is lead on a journey exploring the ritualistic, religious and secular form of this notion by using text, movement and projection.

Setting the first scene in a gallery, the performer gazes at an image that is projected on her body, which triggers the performer to set out on an exploratory journey of this gesture and discovers how it relates to her.

Initial development of the piece took place at the London Metropolitan University as part of the Weave research project.

Previous showings

Friday 12 March 2010
De La Warr Pavilion
Part of an event curated by The Red Velvet Curtain Cult called: I believe (Tales from the Edge of Everything)
Inspired by the Richard Grayson exhibition.

4th November 09 at The London Metropolitan University

26th September 09 at The Rag Factory as part of the 15 minutes factory event - An evenig of Performances , Art, Film, Live music and Cabaret

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