Sad Waltz and the Dancer Who Couldn’t Dance
Mixed media installation including wooden desk, marionettes, robotics, audio, and lighting
4 min. loop
140cm x 70cm x 160 cm
Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev for the 14th Istanbul Biennal Courtesy of: Fusun and Faruk Eczacibasi Thanks to: The Vault Hotel and Staff, Luhring Augustine, New York.
Cardiff & Miller
A male marionette wearing a tuxedo appears to play ‘The Sad Waltz’ composed by Edward Mirzoyan on a tiny model of a grand piano. His fingers seem to search out the notes as the music changes. On the desk surface beside him is another marionette attempting to dance to the music. Her movements are both fantastical and distressed as she fluctuates between crumpling on the floor and soaring through the air, her long black hair enveloping her. All the while, the pianist stoically plays on.
Sad Waltz by Edward Mirzoyan
Performed by Arjen Seinen
Production Assistant: Maryke Simmonds
Production Coordinator: Zev Tiefenbach