Wyrtig, Weedy House

Costumes created by Brittany Thorpe

‘Wyrtig, Weedy House’ was created -in collaboration with layla Durrani and- in the bigger context of Art Rotterdam as an effort to ‘glitch’ the lager space of the artfair. A new reality emerges, but not fully. The greenhouse structure was inhabited and brought to live, each of the 5 days of the fair, by different collectives of performers. These inhabitants recited -in canon- the Nine Herbs charm, while tending to the plants, prepareing each other tea and engaging in activities of their own choice.

In re-citing and re-writing (again) an century old poem, we hope to re-establish a connection, however fragile, with past knowledges and practices that have been entangled with it, with the labor and many voices that over time have been forgotten and in some cases repressed.

Next to the ‘Nine Herbs Charm’ our greenhouse sheltered ‘Greenness’ a performative singing workshop that was created and facilitated by Bergur Thomas Andersen. Performers were learning/singing/canoning a song based on the first melody of Hildegard of Bingen’s “O viridissima virga” (O branch of freshest green).

Thom Driver and Vera Mennens
Emma van Herk, Carolien de Valk and Alina Setjowikarto
Alina Setjowikarto
Ylja Band and Martin Esseman
Rebekka Bank and Michał Sypień
Aimée Theriot and Janna van Welsem

‘Greenness’, with Bergur Thomas Anderson, Katrina Niebergal, Mylan Hoezen, Vera Mennens, Layla Durrani and Liza Prins