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Performance Art

St. Pancake Day

The Dutch cartoonist Jan Kruis, recently deceased, was responsible for proclaiming November 29th of every year to be the "Sint Pannekoek-feest," and getting the whole country to play along. The main tradition is to wear a pancake on your head.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 21, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, Comics, Performance Art, Foreign Customs, 1980s, Europe

Butter Dance

Melati Suryodarmo's Butter Dance is well known — almost 2 million views on YouTube — but somehow this classic of modern performance art has, so far, escaped the attention of WU. So for all who haven't seen it yet, here it is.

(My favorite moment is at around the 1:45 mark).

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 09, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Performance Art

Pipilotti Rist Redux

One of WU's most-beloved performance artists, Pipilotti Rist, is back in the news. Why not spend hours of time and the museum entrance fee to "enjoy" her work?

Or just sample it below.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 28, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Annoying Things, Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Performance Art

Contortionist Extraordinaire


Sophie Dossi is an amazingly talented young lady! She has a great sense of showmanship as well.

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 09, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Performance Art

TAURUS RISING at Labbodies Transmodern Festival



I do believe this is our last clip from this inspirational font of artistic genius. Long may they reign, to baffle and disgust audiences everywhere!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 01, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Performance Art

Cabbage Walking

Vice.com reports that artists in Kashmir have started walking cabbages (and other vegetables) on a leash, as a way to protest the ongoing military conflict over the region. One artist explains: "What I wanted to do basically is juxtapose the absurdity of this performance with what was happening around—the structures of violence that I was seeing around me."

These Kashmir artists cite the Chinese artist Han Bing as inspiration, because he was the first to "walk a cabbage."

But it also reminds me of how, according to legend, the French poet Gerard de Nerval used to walk his lobster through Paris.

Image source: Shahid Tantray via Vice.com

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 16, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Performance Art, Surrealism

Chicago’s Acro-Theater

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Plays that also featured acrobatic & gymnastic stunts. I'm thinking Shakespeare should be performed this way. Hamlet's soliloquy delivered on a trampoline.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 05, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Entertainment, Exercise and Fitness, Regionalism, Sports, Performance Art, 1940s, 1950s

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