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Video: Francis Alys at The Slipper Room

by Francis Alys on 27 July 2005

'Rehearsal II’ was a performance devised by Belgian artist Francis Alys in collaboration with Rafael Ortega, staged at The Slipper Room in New York. Removing elements of conclusiveness from the performance by emphasising rehearsal and repetition, the piece was devised to 'allegorically explore notions of promise and disappointment, as well as the avoidance of success.' Familiar stage performers–a stripper, a pianist and a soprano- are brought together in a less typical arrangement for this public rehearsal.


'Rehearsal II’ was a performance devised by Belgian artist Francis Alys in collaboration with Rafael Ortega, staged at The Slipper Room in New York. Removing elements of conclusiveness from the performance by emphasising rehearsal and repetition, the piece was devised to 'allegorically explore notions of promise and disappointment, as well as the avoidance of success.' Familiar stage performers–a stripper, a pianist and a soprano- are brought together in a less typical arrangement for this public rehearsal.

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