Divas Desviantes + Katie Kelly,dance

Żak | Branicka, Berlin

16. February 2019. In the spirit of Kozyra’s ongoing artistic research in exploring boundaries – whether between men and women or humans and animals – MEESE PIECE postulates a reversal of gender in a not-so-subtle reference to a certain (male) artist. (We can’t imagine he would mind.) While developing the work for this particular occasion, it seemed only logical to incorporate a tap dancer into the (musical) counterpoint. MEESE PIECE was composed by Laurie Schwartz and was premiered at the finissage of KATARZYNA KOZYRA | A DREAM OF LINNAEUS’ DAUGHTER at Żak | Branicka by Anna Clementi and Katie Kelly. All text verbatim from public lectures by Jonathan Meese. The work is the first in a series. (Video presents excerpts from the performances.)

DIVAS DESVIANTES are Anna Clementi (performer) and Laurie Schwartz (composer). They develop and present works of experimental music theater, often in collaboration with guest divas.

Swedish-Italian vocal artist and performer Anna Clementi grew up between Stockholm and Rome where she studied flute, voice and acting. In 1985 she moved to Berlin and quickly became a much sought-after performer in experimental music theater. Anna Clementi’s repertoire ranges from contemporary and electronic music to chanson, musical theater, and club music, with a special focus on the vocal and theatrical works of John Cage. Countless composers have dedicated works to her which she has premiered with leading ensembles at major international venues.

Katie Kelly grew up in the UK, training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and at The Place, London Contemporary Dance School. With a passion for a range of dance styles, Katie now lives in Berlin and is enjoying a varied freelance career, including choreography and collaboration. Her versatility as a performer and her diverse experience has seen her perform classical ballet at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, and work with renowned American tapper, Michelle Dorrance in Los Angeles.