Children’s Game #34: Appelsindans

Copenhagen, Denmark, 2022; 4:06 min
In collaboration with Rafael Ortega, Julien Devaux, and Copenhagen Contemporary


Each couple tries to save an orange from gravity. When it falls, the pair is eliminated. This exercise in collaboration involves intimacy: faces are only an orange apart. It involves embraces, though not loving so much as keeping the partner in tension. Pacifying their natural energy with an eerie, giggly humming, the children shuffle like old marrieds at a tea dance, united and separated by a scandalous orange globe. Eyes sockets and cheekbones prove useless against roundness; even the winning couple’s triumph is short-lived.

Lorna Scott Fox

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