Adèle Essle Zeiss
18.2 – 3.9 2023
“Statolit” was first performed in 2018 at Galleri Mejan in Stockholm and is included in the collection of Moderna Museet. Adèle Essle Zeiss makes use of simple materials—three long wooden planks placed horizontally in the space, a sack of cement strapped to one end of each. On the other end of each plank sits a dancer whose body is balanced by the counterweight of the sack. Any little movement changes the elevation of the plank, setting it in motion. A dialogue across generations is established in the museum between different artists with an interest in movement and balance.
Adèle Essle Zeiss poses the question “Where do we perceive the border to be between movement and stillness?” She goes on to describe the work: “The dancers are assigned to sit still, but every now and then to perform a controlled, collective movement upward or downward. The planks serve as amplifiers. They enlarge small movements of the dancers’ bodies and transmit them out into the space.”
A documentation will complement the installation when the dancers are not present. The installation and documentation will be on view during the entire exhibition period.
Curator: Elisabeth Millqvist
During May and June 2023 you can see more of Adèle Essle Zeiss at Lilith Performance Studio in Malmö. More info on the organizer’s website.
Filmed performance: “Statolit”
17 February at 19.30–20.30
18 February at 12.00–13.00 and 14.00–15.00
*1 April at 12.00–13.00 and 14.00–15.00
6 May at 12.00–13.00 and 14.00–15.00
*3 June at 12.00–13.00 and 14.00–15.00
*26August at 12.00–13.00 and 14.00–15.00
*These dates we will also show a performance linked to the exhibition “Jimmy Robert — Asymmetric Grammar”.
Dancers: Nadja Bouenenni, Johanna Forsehag, Roosa Törmä.
“Statolit” is an ongoing, meditative performance where you as a viewer choose how long you take part.
About Adèle Essle Zeiss
Adèle Essle Zeiss studied to be a dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and has a master’s degree in fine art from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Statolit was included in the 2022 exhibition “Swedish Acquisitions: Matches” at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. In 2021, Accelerator, a Stockholm University exhibition space, showed the most comprehensive presentation to date of her performance art, and her work has also been featured by MDT, Haninge Konsthall, the Ulvhälls Hällar art park, and in Denmark at Den Frie/Dansehallerne.