(c) Sriram Srivigneswaramoorthy

What are these beings? Their gazes penetrate us and their movements have strange effects on the space. Together with the dancers Su-Mi Jang and Katja Cheraneva, the visual artist and director Ayla Pierrot Arendt creates a fluid world in which alternative forms of togetherness are negotiated. Where lies the difference that we feel – and how do we feel together? In Harmless Being, Arendt further develops the genre of video choreography – her suggestion – and uses influences from the Japanese low-budget film genre “pinku eiga” in the borderline between video work and live performance, especially from the movie “Guerrilla Girl Boss” (1972), in which the solidarity among the women’s gang stands out. Arendt re-interprets this “erotic film”. She places the female protagonists, who are usually used as gags, in the centre of attention and extracts an unusual approach to feelings and relationships from their behaviour. The piece thus develops a dynamic space between projection, audience and dance in which everyone becomes compassionate and thus can comprehend the characters.

Duration: 90 min.
Concept, Direction, Space: Ayla Pierrot Arendt
Performance: Katja Cheraneva, Su-Mi Jang
Costume: Nina Divitschek
Camera Video: Sriram Srivigneswaramoorthy
Sound: Don Dyzette & Fullruhm
Stage Assistant: Benno Wiemann
Light design: Matthias Rieker
Production: Lucia Primavera


Co-production of: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in the context of the: Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. Supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt and the Women’s Unit of the Universität der Künste Berlin. „Harmless Being“ is an event within the frame of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. The Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, a projekt of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Hessisches Staatsballett, is made possible by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and supported by the Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst and the Stiftungsallianz [Aventis Foundation, BHF BANK Stiftung, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner-Stiftung, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main].