Pulling Strings

Eva Meyer-Keller

15th Oct, 9pm and 11pm

Mosteiro São Bento da Vitória – Courtroom

70' · M12
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Idea Eva Meyer-Keller

Realisation in cooperation with Tomas Fredriksson, Sheena McGrandles, Irina Müller, Sybille Müller, Benjamin Schälike

Performance Sheena McGrandles, Eva Meyer-Keller, Björn Stegmann, Frederico Godinho, Catarina Gonçalves

Development pulling system Florian Bach, Ruth Waldeyer

Thank you to Andrea Keiz, Thomas Medowcroft, Rico Repotente

Head of production Susanne Beyer, Alexandra Wellensiek

A production by Eva Meyer-Keller in co-production with HAU, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels and MDT Stockholm

Sponsored with funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

Supported by PACT Zollverein Essen

A work-in-progess was shown in may 2012 in Berlin.

Pulling Strings in the frame of FIMP is supported by the Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.

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In her production Pulling Strings Eva Meyer-Keller literally takes the threads into her own hands. On the stage are objects that have been assembled from backstage, artists cloakroom, technical warehouse and kitchen: a ladder, a broom, an extension-cable, a plant, a scissor, a thermos jug, tape and so on. Attached to the objects are threads which are being pulled by the performers . Thus they set this mix of objects into motion. A fire extinguisher pirouettes, a microphone stand falls down. What on first sight seems to be very simple turns out to be more and more complex, inspi­ring the imagination of the beholder. Similar to earlier works like Death is Certain, Good Hands or Bauen nach Katastrophen, Pulling Strings is also located at the intersection of performance, art and object theatre. The focus this time will be on the choreo­graphic aspect. The objects start to dance.


Eva Meyer-Keller (1972) lives and works in Berlin.
She works at the interface of performance and visual art. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied photography and visual art in Berlin (HdK) and London (Central St. Martins and Kings College).
Her artwork is distinctive due to its meticulous attention to detail. Eva often uses everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, things that she finds at home, in the supermarket or in the tool shed. This inevitably lends the work an obsessive, domestic aesthetic. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for the imposition of any boundary between visual and performing arts.
Her works include the performances Death Is Certain (2002 performed in more than 200 venues around the world), Pulling Strings (KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, 2013), the installations Volksballons (2004 Palast der Republik, 2013 Centre Pompidou-Metz) and Handmade (NGBK Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, Palais de Tokyo Paris).
Eva develops projects alone and in collaboration with other artists, such as Uta Eisenreich, Sybille Müller and Kate McIntosh. She also lends herself as a devisor and performer to other choreographers and works as a dramaturgical advisor/ mentor.
She has worked with Baktruppen, Jérôme Bel, Christine De Smedt/ les Ballets C de la B (9x9), Juan Dominguez, Kate McIntosh and Agnes Meyer-Brandis.
Since 2010 she has ongoing teaching positions at several degree programs across Europe. HZT/UdK in Berlin, DOCH (Dans och Circus Högskolan) and the MA course 'The Autonimous Actor' in Stockholm, ZHdk in Zürich. For the winter semester 2013/14 she was guest professor at the university of Hildesheim.


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