Incidental Pieces for Satin and Strings

Based on Heinrich von Kleist’s famous essay “On the Marionette Theater”, this performance illuminates von Kleist’s assertion that a mechanical being, because it lacks self-consciousness, can be infinitely more graceful in its movements than a human dancer. The gestures and movements of the objects and materials used in the performance move to the music of Eric Satie, and they more than prove von Kleist’s point.


Concept, performance, construction, added text: Hanne Tierney

First performed at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, 1991