Eva Meyer-Keller

What do a theater and a microscope have in common? And what’s the difference between a squashed raspberry and a cancer cell? In Eva Meyer-Keller’s performance Living Matters, these kinds of juxtapositions and analogies are no harmless thought experiment. In fact, they usher us directly into a critically staged conflict surrounding the power structures of anthropocentric configurations of the gaze and these configurations’ claims on objectivity. In the performance, where grapes mutate into fluorescent deep-sea monsters under the eye of the microscope and where tampons perform cell division, scientific processes supposedly operating in purely descriptive modes are interrogated rigorously as to their normative structures and presuppositions – but in such a way that consistently takes into account the theatrical peepshow dispositif in which the work unfolds.

The performance is the second part of a series in which the artist deals with methods of the natural sciences. While the work Some Significance from 2017 engaged with physical techniques and models for the illustration of invisible units and processes, Living Matters centers on the observational apparatuses of microbiology and molecular biology – and also of theater.

The Performance is presented as a part of and in collaboration with The Nordic Forum for Dance Research, NOFOD


Eva Meyer-Keller






7.–8.7.2022, 20:00


1 hour 15 minutes


Den Danske Scenekunstskole, Philip De Langes Allé 3, 1435 København


Concept and performance Eva Meyer-Keller. Co-Creation & Performance Tamara Saphir, Annegret Schalke, Agata Siniarska. Performer CPH Nikoline Gervang Heimburger. Dramaturgical Collaboration Constanze Schellow. Artist Assistant Emilia Schlosser. Partner Research Ilya Noé. Music Rico Lee. Costume and Stage Sara Wendt. Scientific research Simone Reber and Research Team. Light Annegret Schalke. Light Assistant Janine Iten. Technical Direction Björn Stegmann. Technical Support in Copenhagen Elliott Cennetoglu. Production Ann-Christin Görtz, Maxi Lehmann. Distribution Giulia Messia. Co-produced by PACT Zollverein (Essen), Sophiensæle (Berlin). Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin. With the support of Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk).

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