DasArts student Nadia Tsulukidze was selected for the prestigious NEU/NOW festival with her performance Ready for Love or Seven Fragments of Identity. The festival was hosted from 17 to 20 November by the City of Tallinn in Estonia.
The NEU/NOW Festival provides an innovative platform for the most exciting and creative NEU artistic talent NOW emerging from higher arts education institutions and universities across Europe and beyond – to present themselves to wider audiences in the NEU/NOW online and LIVE Festival.
Ready for Love or Seven Fragments of Identity is an autobiographical piece, based on stories from Nadia Tsulukidze's own life which have been linked with political events. Tsulukidze was born in the Soviet Union and educated in the West, allowing her to draw a geographically fragmented line when constructing a personal history by reflecting on her own historical context.For this performance Tsulukidze employs the strategies of documentary multimedia theatre, using videos, photos, dance and text to construct the fragmented narrative of her own identity. She is at once the author, the performer, and the piece's biographical material, and Ready for Love or Seven Fragments of Identity interrogates the relations between those three roles in the process of creating an identity as a fluid and fragmented body. On stage, the piece is a collage of 'Guruli Marseillaise', soup bubbles, the 1980 Olympics, 'Samaia', Grandpa Brezjnev, love letters and politics.