volantino opheliaL’Installation Art Award nel 2016 diventa campionato mondiale ed Elena Tagliapietra ne conquista il secondo posto con la performance ‘Ophelia’s death’.

Organizzata dal World Bodypainting Festival e svoltasi a Poertchach, in Austria, questa competizione ha visto sfidarsi una selezione dei migliori artisti di bodypainting del mondo.

A creation by _Elena Tagliapietra
Performer _ Laura Magnan
Recorded voices _Mattia Sebastian & Claudia Lawrence
Music _ Mattia Corso
First Assistant_ Greta Giorgetti
Text _ William Shakespeare & Arthur Rimbaud
Video by Josh David Lim
With the patronage of The Chelko Foundation


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Heaven! Love! Freedom! What a dream, oh poor crazed Girl!
You melted to him as snow does to a fire; 
Your great visions strangled your words
- And fearful Infinity terrified your blue eye!

The poet Rimbaud’s words lead us directly to the tragedy of Ophelia, the victim of an inhuman power hypocritical and petty, described by Shakespeare in “Hamlet.”

Divided between the selfish neuroses of Hamlet, who has devoted her love, and the boring and formal respectability of her father Polonius, she is the only one pure, spontaneous and disinterested at the power games.

Ophelia – who “Realized wonderful garlands of daisies, wallflowers, nettles and long red orchids …” – will pay with madness and leaving her die in the water, feeling rejected and criticized for her femininity. A way of living far from falsehood who had make her not able to control her own destiny.

I want to recall her iconic image, as many illustrious Predecessors did, and reinterpret it in an artistic performance with body painting, dance, recorded voices, music.

In the year where all the world is celebrating the 400th anniversary from the death of Shakespeare, I want to underline an ancient problem nowadays is still not solved Been all around the world: the fullness of equal gender rights.

This performance has the patronage of The Chelko Foundation

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Ophelia's death performance

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