The explicitness was unhinged; I wondered how the subconscious mind, sexuality, and fetishization intersect with theories of madness. -Jenny Wang
Kiasma Theatre. Helsinki. 2023
Vilnius Performance Art Biennial. Vilnius. 2023
Performa Biennial. New York. 2023.
Upcoming: Warehouse 9. Copenhagen. 2024
Enter Exude is a cinematic auto-fantasy for three performers and a Chevrolet Camaro.
Born from the anal canal of an automobile, the techno brothers get their kicks from sucking in the car’s spirit. They are sustained by the inhalation of unfulfilled desire, dancing in the metallic cosmos before the final destination.
Exorbitant and delicate, the performance moves on a variety of time scales, along the boundary between life and slow death, idolising highways, the body of a car, and memories of father. The brothers invite you to join them in getting turned on by the union of rubber, pollution and the engine.
The car is the birthplace of techno-sexuality and techno-corporeality.
The car is your gender.
Enter Exude continues Ala-Ruona’s series of performances exploring the intertwining of environmental toxicities and trans-corporeality, with bodily transformations and complex sexuality forming an intense, mutually accelerating cycle.
Summoning, concept, direction: Teo Ala-Ruona
Choreography and performing: Raoni Muzho Saleh, Charlie Laban Trier ja Teo Ala-Ruona
Dramaturg: Even Minn
Set and costume design: Teo Paaer
Sound dramaturg: Kaino Wennerstrand
Sound design: Miša Skalskis
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Producer: Sanna Ritvanen
Pre-production: Jonni Korhonen
Artistic dialogue: Remi Vesala
Promotional photo: Teo Paaer
Production Kiasma-teatteri, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Viernulvier, Warehouse9
Supported by: Niilo Helander Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre, Wihuri Foundation, Oskar Öflund Foundation, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Institute of Denmark
Residencies: FABRIKKEN, Zodiak-laboratory, BUDA, Eskus-HIAP residency
The Car & I essay by Teo Ala-Ruona and Remi Vesala
They Make Love To The Car, Don’t They? review by Max Rovo / Bushwick Daily
Cringey and Ecstatic, Performa 2023 Captivates Audiences: A Collection of Brief Reviews review by Jenny Wang / Cultbytes