What it does?
Sidney Léoni "Holding hands" strikes to contort the gaze of the viewer on a mysterious androgynous couple. The time stretched out, slowness and unison seems to comfort a sensible brotherhood cohabitation whereby correlate a sort of (de)mystification of being two within our individualities. This performance steals from the arena of the Opera to operate an all way through to "a matter of fact performance" to expressiveness, which is never powered by emotions.
Alice Chauchat We watch two very different persons being the same, in their looks and in their expression of emotional states. What appears as the same seems to be necessarily not them, but what they do. They might smile in the same way, but then we cannot think that this is her smile or his smile, only a smile performed by both of them. They smile but this doesn't bring us any closer to a sense of "true" expression, although both are convincing in their smiling. When the music starts and each does her/his own "free" interpretation of the expressions, these expressions seem to be closer to "them". Yet these expressions are not more or less convincing than those performed in unison, so that we cannot suppose the latter ones to be more linked to inner feelings of the performers. The expressions are expressions, not symptoms of feelings that could be more or less true.
Sebastian Lingserius To switch the perspective of (in this case) a classical aria, to look at the small differentiations of expression, which often is embedded in it.
Halla Ólafsdóttir To use gestures from the expressive form of the opera and separate them from the emotion, gets me to reflect on what the gestures represent on their own. What emotions do I impose on to the detailed precise movement that is happening in their faces. In relation to that I start to think of words and their meaning when uttered with precision but without emotion...then I need to figure out what emotions are embedded in that particular word. Also the fact that here we have two people doing exactly the same gestures at the same time (in the first part) opens up the possibility for the spectator to see their dissimilarities and personalities. It is demanded of me as a spectator to get involved and through the whole piece reflect my own emotions upon what they are doing.
Amanda Apetrea "Holding hands" makes me think of what we put into different expressions and emotions on stage. In this piece we se tracks of the expression of an opera but extremely subtle and with very little "real" emotion in it. And that makes me think of the opera as sort of the opposite, with really exaggerated expressions of emotions. And that brings me to the conclusion that they're equally faked emotion wise. Yet what they do is recognizable as an expression of an emotion and I can always recognize witch emotion. The piece also makes me think of duality, that maybe the two performers holding hands are actually two parts of one mind. Sometimes they're together and in harmony and sometimes they're more or less separated.
Johan Thelander Provides the user with the potential to research the variety of possibilities in the process of reading a material. The two performers add and subtract minimal layers, in a humble way guiding me through their proposal.
Emma Kim Hagdahl It’s at first making me very attentive to what they are doing, I’m trying to figure out how they are doing these small detailed movements that extremely synchronized. After a while I leave the urge to figure it out and start instead to accept it and I slowly fall into the dynamic, which is totally slow and somehow repetitive. I sort of become hypnotized and I slowly start to see it bigger and bigger, as if they are zooming in, I’m still not sure whether it was zoomed in at that point or not. It is as if they are manipulating me with the whole thing and I completely loose the sense of time. Suddenly when I have fallen asleep and woken up again, noticed and lost interested, got it again, and the boy sort of falls down, makes a sudden move down to the floor where he pushes a button. The second part starts and I’m all there. They are singing opera, mimicking. I’m trying to interpret as much as I can but all I can see is all that there is. Straight up. They walk out again after or during applauds of the recorded audience.