Blue Angel in the Room

– poetry performance –

based on Marjana Savka’s collection of poems, Blue Angel

curator

Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City

(06.24 / 2007)

Blue Angel 6/24 featured the poetry of Marjana Savka, translated by Askold Melnyczuk and interpreted by Swiss conceptual artist Andrea Loux. “Blue Angel” in the title refers to Marlene Dietrich the subject of one of Ms. Savka’s poem: “Who, Marlene, Who?” which follows the traces of presence of this woman, admired by many, but known by few. Ms. Savka performed her poetry in Ukrainian while American actor Ezra Knight performed them in English.

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Marjana Savka reading her poetry

Choreography for the performance was created by Swiss artist Andrea Loux. We met Andrea in 2002 in Kyiv, where she participated in the group art exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Art. Her work moves between the areas of performance, installation, video and photography, connecting them one to the other. She brings into focus the thematic complex of establishing and transforming spaces and situations. For our poetry event with Marjana, Andrea created a visual vocabulary and choreography for the texts, playing with the aspects of interaction between performer, audience and space.