Marcel Dzama - "Une danse des bouffons (or A jester's dance)"




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Published on Aug 14, 2013

"Une danse des bouffons (or A jester's dance)"

Marcel Dzama's latest film debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art to coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival (2013), and was on view as part of "Hollow Laughter," the artist's solo exhibition at Kunstmuseum Thun in Switzerland (2014). The film will have its American debut at David Zwirner in New York (September 9 - October 25, 2014).

In this Dadaist love story "Une danse des bouffons (or A jester's dance)," there are many recurring themes: death and rebirth, multiple identities and doppelgängers, false prophets, love and love lost, the corruption of power and fragility of what is real or true. Using a recreation of Marcel Duchamp's "Étant Donnés," a trickster of old mythology awakens Maria Martins (played by Kim Gordon and Hannelore Knuts) from the sculpture. She finds her lover (a captive Marcel Duchamp) forced to recite chess moves to an unknown game. So Maria must enter a deep rabbit hole to save her love.

Commissioned by TIFF, 2013

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