Death is Certain

Around a hundred pedantically ordered kitchen utensils and DIY tools lie on a table. Next to them thirty-six cherries have been placed, arranged in an exact pattern. The performer dressed in black calmly puts on a white apron, takes a cherry and removes its stalk. She selects a pack of dental floss and a roll of sticky tape. Placing both on a second table, she breaks off a long piece of floss, ties it around the cherry and sticks the other end to the corner of the table. For a short moment the cherry is left on the edge of the table and then the performer pushes it gently over the edge. The cherry's fall ends abruptly and it dangles in the air from the thread. Now it's the turn of the next cherry in the line. It is bound to a stone with the sticky tape and left to drown in a plastic cup full of water. The third suffers being quartered with white plastic hair grips. A bloodbath is left on the tablecloth. Number four is skinned, but that's not enough - a pinch of salt is strewn across its raw flesh...

One action follows the other: Blood flows, skin is ripped off, bodies explode, are squashed, electrocuted or burned. In Death is Certain Eva Meyer-Keller devises thirty-six mini scenarios of torture and execution which transform the small immaculate bodies of the fruit into figures that seem to increasingly identify themselves with human beings. Everyday household objects become agents of death and by the end the almost surgically clean table resembles the scene of a slaughter. The tableaux vivants play on the individual associations and collective memory of images from literary and film deaths as well as the mediated 'reality' of war and execution. With performative sensitivity and manual dexterity the cherries' demise become a screen the spectators project their fantasies onto. The everyday and the brutally spectacular in this way become reflections of one another. The demonstrably harmless turns into its opposite while at the same time an absurd and politically explosive comedy emerges, throwing the question of responsibility back at the audience's gaze.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfxdB33hAS8


Credits

IDEA
Eva Meyer-Keller

WITH
Eva Meyer-Keller or Irina Müller, Hanna Sybille Müller, Christina Röfer

PRODUCTION
Eva Meyer-Keller

Eva Meyer-Keller
Alexandra Bachzetsis, Juan Dominguez, Mette Edwardsen, Cuqui Jerez, Martin Nachbar, Rico Repotente, Vooruit (Gent), Stuk (Leuven)

PHOTO
Hervé Véronèse

Venues

DEATH IS CERTAIN is this time performed by my daughter

25.11.2023—26.11.2023

MIR Festival, Athens (GR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

18.11.2022—19.11.2022

Wonderland Festival, Brescia (IT)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

26.09.2022

Theaterszene europa, Köln

DEATH IS CERTAIN

24.06.2021—25.06.2021

Theater Stadelhofen

DEATH IS CERTAIN

04.10.2019—05.10.2019

Galeria municipal do Porto (PT)

DEATH IS CERTAIN - Dialog am Schneidebrett mit Eva Meyer-Keller und Greta Olson

24.08.2019

Third Space, Ruhrtrienale, Bochum (D)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

06.04.2019

MAGASIN des horizons, Grenoble (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

02.03.2019—03.03.2019

Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Tallinn (EE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

15.12.2018—16.12.2018

Junges Feld, Berlin

DEATH IS CERTAIN

31.05.2018

International Theater Festival, Lofoten (NO)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

20.01.2018—21.01.2018

Fadjr International Theatre Festival, Tehran (IRN)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

14.09.2017—16.09.2017

Fundus Theater, Hamburg

DEATH IS CERTAIN

21.07.2016

Łokietka 5, Breslau (PL)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

13.05.2016

marseille objectif dancE, Marseille (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

08.03.2016—10.03.2016

Oslo International Theater Festival, Black box teater, Oslo (NO)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

25.02.2016—25.02.2016

Links Hall, Chicago (US)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

16.01.2016—17.01.2016

Schwankhalle Bremen, Bremen (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

21.05.2015—22.05.2015

Dublin Dance Festival, Project Arts Center, Dublin (IR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

29.11.2014

Döden/Gillestugan, Almars gård, Karlstad (SE)

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17.10.2014—18.10.2014

FIM - Festival Internacional de Marionetas, Porto (PT)

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31.05.2014—01.06.2014

Festival Perspectives, U2 Raum, Saarbrücken (DE) & Musée de la guerre, Gravelotte (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

31.05.2014

It's about time, Dansehallerne, Copenhagen (DK)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

24.05.2014

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (LI)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

10.04.2014

CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (ES)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

11.03.2014—13.03.2014

SICK! Festival, the basement, Brighton (UK)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

26.11.2013

Kriegstheater, Skogen, Göteborg (SE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

25.11.2013—26.11.2013

Théâtre des Quatre Saisons, Gradignan (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

06.11.2014—13.11.2013

Demokratie im Dialog, tjg. theater junge generation, Dresden (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

03.11.2013—04.11.2013

Deutsch-Sudanesische Unabhängige Theatertage, Khartoum (SD)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

19.10.2013—20.10.2013

Escena Poblenou, Barcelona (ES)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

11.03.2013—13.03.2013

Le Théâtre de Lorient, Lorient (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

26.01.2013

FigurenTheaterForum München, Münchner Stadtmuseum, München (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

05.12.2012

Ludlow 38, New York (US)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

27.09.2012—29.09.2012

Stuk, Leuven (BE)

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28.04.2012—29.04.2012

Musée des Enfants de la Danse, Rennes (FR

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25.05.2011—26.05.2011

Brighton Festival, the basement, Brighton (UK)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

09.04.2011—10.04.2011

Le Manège de Reims, Reims (FR)

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24.09.2010—25.09.2010

Iaspis, Öppet Hus, Stockholm (SE)

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06.05.2010

FRAC Lorraine, Metz (FR)

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15.05.2010—16.05.2010

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich (UK)

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27.02.2010

Julia Stoschek Collection, Number Three: Here and Now, Düsseldorf (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

06.11.2009

Okno Festival, Kana Teatr, Szczecin (PL)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

09.05.2009

EUNIC Hrvatska, Zagreb (HR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

07.04.2009—08.04.2009

Festival Bo:m, Seoul (KR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

02.04.2009—03.04.2009

Paroles d'Objets, Mont-Saint-Aignan (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

18.03.2009—19.03.2009

Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (AE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

18.09.2008

Festival ZXZW, Tilburg (NL)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.08.2008

Lofoten International Art Festival, Lofoten (NO)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

14.06.2008—15.06.2008

Perspectives Festival, Saarbrücken (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

10.06.2008

Napoli, Teatro Festival Italia, Naples (IT)

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01.06.2008

Printemps de Danse, Angoulème (FR)

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01.06.2008

Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse (FR)

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01.03.2008

La Filature, Mulhouse (FR)

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13.11.2007—14.11.2007

Le Bateau Feu/Scène Nationale, Dunkerque (FR)

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07.11.2007—08.11.2007

Kaai Studios, Brussels (BE)

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01.10.2007

Performance Space, Sydney (AU)

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01.10.2007

Potager du Roi, Versailles (FR)

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22.06.2007

Festival delle Colline, Turin (IT)

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01.11.2006

Lesophantenfest, Hauptbücherei am Gürtel, Wien (A)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.11.2006

Dschungel Wien, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna (A)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.09.2006

Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (FR)

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01.05.2006

TNT, Bordeaux (FR)

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01.04.2006

Tweetakt Festival, Utrecht (NL)

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17.03.2006—20.03.2006

Blickfelder, Zürich (CH)

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01.02.2006

Crying out Loud, London (UK)

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01.12.2005

Akademie der Künste, Berlin (DE)

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01.12.2005

CCA - Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (UK)

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01.09.2005

VideoDance Festival, Tessaloniki (GR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.11.2005

Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon (PT)

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01.11.2005

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (PT)

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01.11.2005

Granit, Belfort (FR)

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01.11.2005

Tallinn (EE)

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07.10.2005—08.10.2005

Performance Tage Moabit, Galerie Nord, Berlin (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.09.2005

Lenz Rifrazioni, Parma (IT)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.08.2005

Rohkunstbau, Schloss Groß Leuthen, Groß Leuthen (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.07.2005

Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

04.06.2005—05.06.2005

Contemporaneo Festival, Prato (IT) Juni 2005

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.06.2005

Symposium "Politik der Vorstellung", Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

06.05.2005—08.05.2005

Hebbel am Ufer, HAU 3, Berlin (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.05.2005

Factory Season, Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (AT)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.05.2005

Tweetakt Festival, Utrecht (NL)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.03.2005

Avantgarden, Trondheim (NO)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

25.02.2005—27.02.2005

Court Toujours, Poitiers (FR)

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01.02.2005

Equilibrio, Auditorium, Rome (IT)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.11.2004

CCN - Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours, Tours (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

10.10.2004

3 Wochen mit Pina Bausch, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.10.2004

LIFT, 20th anniversary of Forced Entertainment, London (UK)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.10.2004

Le Vivat, Lille (FR)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

10.09.2004

Uovo Festival, Milan (IT)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

04.05.2005

Hasselt (BE)

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01.06.2004

Mugatxoan, San Sebastian (ES)

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01.05.2004

Kampnagel, Hamburg (DE)

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01.04.2004

Motel Mosaique Festival, Tent, Rotterdamse Schouwburg (NL)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.04.2004

Drimast Festival, Antwerpen (BE)

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01.04.2004

Soirées Nomades, Fondation Cartier, Paris (FR)

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01.04.2004

Your private sky, Xing, Bologna (IT)

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01.04.2004

Panacea Festival, Dansenshus, Stockholm (SE)

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01.11.2003

Tourette's, W139, Amsterdam (NL)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.02.2004

Blanco, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

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02.12.2003—03.12.2003

Particules Festival, Théâtre de L'Usine, Genf (CH)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.12.2003

Galerie Message Salon, Zürich (CH)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

29.11.2003

Dancepreview #1, HAU 2, Berlin (DE)

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01.02.2004

Something Raw, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.10.2003

Klapstuk Parcours 1, Stuk, Leuven (BE)

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01.09.2003

Capitals, Fundação Gulbenkian, Lissabon (PT)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

10.07.2003

Belluard Bollwerk, Fribourg (CH)

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01.06.2003

Reich und Berühmt, Podewil, Berlin (DE)

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01.01.2003

Tanzinitiative, Hamburg (DE)

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01.11.2002

B-visible, Vooruit, Ghent (BE)

DEATH IS CERTAIN

01.08.2002

Galerie Message Salon, Zürich (CH)

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