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Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens
Until it is totally destroyed, unrecognizable (2012)
Until it is totally destroyed, unrecognizable is a performance that combines a continuous flow of improvised actions and precarious sculptural arrangements alongside an original libretto recited by two performers.

In the piece, the performers move through the space and engage with a range of materials to build, rebuild and transform structures as they take turns in reciting the libretto. The text invokes a world on the edge of economic crisis and environmental catastrophe, and summons visions at once archaic and post-apocalyptic.

Transformation and the dynamics between states of order and mayhem are central to the performance. The actions of the performers focus on the spontaneous assembly of materials into loose and unstable constructions. Their efforts amount to a series of small Promethean acts of assembly, as clever and daring as they are obsessive and pointless.
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