I am chuckling here. I never thought I would see the death of Joan done as an interpretive dance (or seizure-inducing bad-drug-ingestion) routine...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dmcTd947R8
'In 1953 on an evening while trying to sell a weapon to get to some money and drugs,
William Burroughs killed his wife, Joan Vollmer. Provoking each other constantly, they
decided to play together the legend of "William Tell"; she put a glass on her head and
he fired. Killed her on the spot. After her death, William started with his literary life.
In the chronology of their relationship it is interesting to note that theyve reached such
tension between them, a climax that never made it clear if Joans death was an actual
murder or either an accident.
It is from this anecdote, which became a legend, that Maria and Guillaume began to
investigate and fantasize. They wanted to explore the particularity when two people
reach a tension, where communication becomes a barrier and where every action
becomes an attack or power game to undermine each other.
Both proceeding from similar artistic backgrounds and dance techniques, such
as classical, modern, performance and visual arts, they also share a bond to
cinematography. The work of Maria and Guillaume is built around images and
architectural complex choreographies where the body becomes a messenger and the
narration an abstract painting.
Both characters they interpret are tormented by their emotions and through the
movement they express frustration and tension. They are trapped in the territory of a
cubical no mans land, having no other choice but to confront each other.
There is a particular focus on the 50s cinematic aestheticisms where each element,
from the costumes to the light and make up is there to create a universe with the aim
of creating a black and white film noir piece. Where the reality of the emotions is
being entwined with the plasticity proposed.'Whatever