For Christian Falsnaes, the audience is the raw material with which he creates his performances. He exhorts audience members to follow his directions, thus creating absurd but also challenging situations. Aside from emphasizing the contribution of every individual performer, his work also addresses societal norms, the balance of power and gender roles. The artist manipulates the collective, demanding their total obedience, as if they were part of a social experiment. By testing the limits of the audience’s willingness to comply up to their breaking point, scenarios set somewhere between an absurd situational comedy, rapt athleticism and questionable postures of authority unfold.
Performance is part of the two-day opening of Political Populism