Collaborative performance by Ashmina Ranjit (NP), Molnali Meher(IN-NL), Alice Fox (GB), Ryan Elisabeth Reid (USA), Marie Julia Bollansée (B) at Durbar Square, at Kathmandu, Nepal on April, 1 2017 .
Lasanaa/ NexUs culture Nepal, production.
Lisa Gupta, Basanta Chhipaa and many volunteers, logistics.
Mondriaan Foundation, Fulbright Nepal, University of Brighton, supporting.
Thanks to: Amuse production Kathmandu, Kathmandu Triennale.
Thanks to all of you for walking with us, with milk.
by Marie Julia Bollansée © 2017
Ishan Shrestha, Sheshank Shrestha, Basanta Chhipaa, Angela Manandhar, camera
During a residency at Lasanaa in Kathmandu (Nepal), the five female artists conversed on their wanderings through the city . Out of these conversations the performance came into being, each artist contributing from her own point of view and from her own biographical and cultural baggage. They found a common line on which they created the performance, kind of an essential concern they want to speak about in their performance-work.
It is about taking care for the people and the earth, about tenderness in our relations with each other, about being aware and being awake.
They choose ‘milk’ to perform with, milk being the most primary and basic nutrition for human beings. They carefully carry the milk in top-filled glass bowls through the streets of Kathmandu, passing by the house of the Kumari, along the zone where the big earthquake of 2015 demolished so many houses and temples.
They walk together, side by side, thus forming a ‘wall of women’. They also filled bowls with milk for the audience, so everyone present was invited to walk with them.
See the whole performance here.