You Can See Teeth Behind the Smile
A dance, sound and performance project by Rani Nair and Jassem Hindi
“I dance a terrible dance.
I dance, and worlds are destroyed.
I dance, and stars are put out.
I dance, and the universe spirals apart.
The sliding of my hips calls forth the Deluge.
The treading of my feet brings down the kingdoms of Men.
I kill in glad fury, and my red tongue laps up the blood of demons.
I destroy in ecstatic frenzy to hasten this age of the world.
... all that begins will end”
This project unveils the dark side of Pepparkakeland.
It has its origin in Rani Nair’s study on a "post-colonial", culturally mixed, and somewhat confused society – being observed through the fake naiveness of Pepparkakeland.
Nair and Hindi try to condense in one blunt statement their attempt to disrupt this nice order. An attempt to be comfortable in chaos. To see the teeth behind the smile.
It has been performed at Gothenburg’s Museum of World Culture and at the Chicken Soup festival, in Malmö and at Kivik Art Museum during Gråzoner curated by Yrr Jonasdottir.