Live, Laugh, Limerence
Marijke De Roover
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Performance, opening night //
We open the IMPAKT Festival 2021 Modern Love with Marijke De Roover’s Live, Laugh, Limerence. This opera-performance questions the culturally determined ways in which we choreograph and organise the performance of love through heteronormative structures; through the clichés of rom-coms, musical theatre, opera, karaoke and Disney.
Songs often attempt to describe how we feel when we’re in love. And as they’re describing, they are also telling us how we should feel. Opera is filled with tales of violence, of great passions tragically predetermined by social inequalities that are usually more cruel and exclusionary towards women as well as minorities occupying symbolically weaker positions of power. The ‘Tragic Heroine’ was one of the key figures in the erotics of heterosexual desire that emerged alongside the invention of homosexuality as an identity. One of her fatal flaws was her attraction to catastrophe; her other fatal flaw was her fidelity in love. The real life suppression of real women led to the host culture inventing its own representation of the gender, and it was this fictional ‘woman’ who appeared on stage. De Roover is interested in subverting this fiction, and presenting a new kind of love that doesn’t have a precedent in contemporary media representation.
Marijke De Roover’s opening performance will be presented at the IMPAKT Festival with the kind support of the Flemish Arts Centre de Brakke Grond.
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Marijke De Roover― Artist
Marijke De Roover (Brussels, BE) is a part-time professional karaoke singer and meme connoisseur, yet currently known mostly for her queer/feminist performance work. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from KASK School of Arts, Ghent (BE) where she was nominated for the Start Point Prize, Prague (CZ). In her artworks, she deals with questions regarding the nuclear family, feminism/motherhood, ethics of reproduction, and love, romance and compulsory heteronormativity under late capitalism. In 2020 she had her first institutional solo at Museum de Pont in Tilburg (NE). Her work has been shown at among others: Museum fur Neue Kunst, Freiburg (DE), David Roberts Art Foundation (Evening of Performance), London (UK), Garage Rotterdam (NL), Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL), Garage, Moscow (RU), BOZAR, Brussels (BE), ARCADE, London (UK), MABA, Nogent-sur-Marne (FR), Goethe Institute, Dusseldorf (DE), Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (DE).