WHAT SHE DOES / Cristina Maldonado (MEX)

Tactile VJ. Handling Fear. Performance that reinterprets a thriller from the 60s. Live sound: Federsel (Tomáš Procházka)
performance length: 60 min
no language barrier
live sound: Tomáš Procházka
movement consulting: Věra Ondrašíková
performance: Cristina Maldonado
production: Jedefrau.org

Watching a film usually puts us in a receptive but passive role: we follow the plot of the movie and are open to it, but our feelings, reactions and interpretations cannot change the film in any concrete way. For instance in this thriller shot in 1960s a woman facing jeopardy, mind manipulation, sadism, coercion and kidnapping; the subconscious reactions of the viewer remain invisible and alienated to the film unless an active witness can materialize them and invades the film with symbolic actions changing the movie physically, affecting what is seen in the frame of the action, resisting, agreeing and commenting the situations and bringing another layer of interpretation into the story and dealing with her own fear, her need to destroy evil and her need to identify with it.

Cristina Maldonado
is an artist whose background in body movement lends a unique approach to her visual and conceptual experiments with video, sound, collage and performance, giving a palpable tactility that not only invokes the audience sensually, but also leads us to the realm of comfort and beyond.
Her work unifies experimental theater, dance, participatory art, new and old media, her topics are body, communication and intimacy. She creates experiential frames connecting installations, videos and live action. She works alone or in collaboration with artists from different disciplines and has performed in Mexico, Eastern Europe, New York and Montreal. Since 2003 she has been directing various art and theater projects in Czech Republic.

Tomáš Procházka
Tomas Prochazka aka Federsel is a musician, improviser, sound artist and performer. He is a member of theaters Cakes and Puppets and HANDA GOTE research & development and bands B4, Gurun Gurun, Radio Royal, Federsel & Makela, Uranus, Wabi Experience and also performs solo under name Federsel. He works with field recordings, media archeology, all kinds of electric and acoustic instruments as well as purely electronic systems, mostly based on analog electronics. In his solo work uses feedbacks, electromagnetic interference and parasitic sounds. He performs his version of no input mixing board.
In theater, he has been doing research work in the field of post spectacular, antimimetic theater and the integration of science and technology in performing arts.
He writes for magazines World and Theatre, A2, HIS Voice. He is co-founder of Wakushoppu concert series.
On his own blog Endemit Archives he tries to collect pieces from local deep underground, freak-out, outsider music, plain-weird music, all kinds of antimusic activities and strictly-home-recording audio.
Supported by: the Stage Creators Grant 2012-2014 of the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA/CONACULTA), Mexico.
Jedefrau.org is supported by the City of Prague and the Ministry
of Culture in the Czech Republic.