This is Offal

© Kelley Mary Reid This is Offal ©Berliner Festspiele Christopher Hewitt

This is Offal

Mary Reid Kelley (USA)

A pathologist examines the body of a woman whose own organs demonstrate their confusion and misunderstanding of her suicide. The actual speakers in the drama – the liver, heart, brain and other organs – signify the ‘offal’ from the work’s title and the ‘awful’ irrevocability of the act. But while even her own organs argue about what exactly took place, there’s certainly no hope of finding a rational, scientific explanation for this most tragic and complex of human actions. This is Offal is an existentialist, feminist horror, brimming with macabre wordplay enacting Camus’ philosophy of the absurd as a counter to suicide.

This is Offal also satirises a long fascination with the beautiful, dead, silent woman as a subject in the arts. Mary Reid Kelley, born in Greenville, South Carolina (1979), often works in collaboration with her partner Patrick Kelley. This is Offal is their first work for a live audience, and was produced by Playground (STUK & M, Leuven).

The performance set can be viewed as an installation starting half an hour before the first performance begins until half an hour after the last performance has started. On Sunday from 5pm till 7pm. 

This Is Offal is commissioned as part of Corpus, network for performance practice, and is produced by Playground (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum, Leuven) and co-produced by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius), If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Playground (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum, Leuven) and Tate Modern (London). Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. 

STUK Studio
Thu 17 Nov 201621:00
Thu 17 Nov 201622:30
Fri 18 Nov 201619:30
Fri 18 Nov 201621:30
Sat 19 Nov 201619:30
Sat 19 Nov 201621:30
Sun 20 Nov 201618:00


Duration: 13min
Language: English

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