Against the Wall


Two guerrilla girls invite us to slip from the horizontal to the vertical plane, bringing us closer to the interface of the wall. They take us to an underground world where the secret relationship between art, propaganda and neoliberalism in the West is revealed.

A live playground is created through the hidden histories of the Cold War (1948-1991), an ideological battle between the Communist Soviet Union and the Capitalist West where art was used as propaganda. The performance transports us to the establishment of “The Congress for Cultural Freedom”, an anti-communist advocacy group that has sponsored the avant-garde movement of Abstract Expressionism, The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMa) and many influential artists at the time.

Suturing the past to the present, “Against the Wall” is an embodied art manifesto that juxtaposes journalism, dance and civil participation strategies.



Concept & Choreography: Paula Chaves Performance: Nadia Bekkers & Paula Chaves Video & Visuals: Winston Nanlohy Music & Sound composition: Nadia Bekkers Supported by: AFK, Dansmakers, Ateneum 9barris, CALA Festival, Klimmuur Amsterdam

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