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Nadja-Léona is an activated installation and bilingual performance by artist Jude Walton presented at the Alliance Française.
Nadja-Léona is an activated installation and performance that investigates the writing of André Breton bringing a contemporary feminist perspective to his iconic text of Nadja. It re-asks Breton’s question to Nadja ‘Who are you?’ to which she replied ‘I am the soul in limbo’.
Breton met Nadja on the streets of Paris and began an affair that lasted nine days. Her real name was Léona Delcourt and her identity has been uncovered by Dutch writer, Hester Albach who followed the clues in Breton’s book and letters found with the manuscript that led to contact with Nadja’s granddaughter.
While Breton’s book, and the places he and Nadja visited form the initial stimulus for the work it is not a simple narrative of events but extends into a wider exploration of the unconscious activity of the mind and the intellectual, literary and psychological concerns of Surrealism. The performance and the interactions with the projected images, play with surrealist techniques and concepts – unsettling juxtapositions, chance scores and the idea that the unconscious mind was the source of artistic creativity.
Nadja-Léona: concept and direction by Jude Walton with Finnish based performer Gesa Piper, dancers/choreographers: Michaela Pegum, Jo White, Hillary Goldsmith and Arabella Frahn-Starkie, composer/pianist Kym Dillon and artist Eliza Dyball.
Thu 29 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30pm (Opening night – includes a drink after the performance)
Fri 30 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Sat 01 Dec, 3:00pm to 4:30pm (followed by a Q&A with artistic director Jude Walton)
Sat 01 Dec, 6:00pm to 7:30pm