WORKER'S CHOICE

PREMIERE 2017, SOPHIENSAELE, BERLIN, GERMANY

PERFORMANCE, 45MIN

TWO PERFORMERS, JEANS, ROPE, BUCKET, WATER, WHEELED BOARD, ALMONDS, FAKE EYELASHES, LATEX GLOVES


CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY: MIRIAM KONGSTAD

CHOREOGRAPHIC COLLABORATION: SUVI KEMPPAINEN

ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY SUVI KEMPPAINEN, MIRIAM KONGSTAD

SECOND CAST PERFORMER AND ADAPTION: CAMILLA LIND

DRAMATURG: THOMAS SCHAUPP

COSTUMES, SET DESIGN: MIRIAM KONGSTAD

SOUNDTRACK: JONAS FREDERIKSEN, MIRIAM KONGSTAD

ADAPTATION OF SOUNDTRACK: CLAUS HAXHOLM

ORIGINAL MUSIC: KLAUS DINGER, CLAUS HAXHOLM

CO-PRODUCED BY SOPHIENSAELE BERLIN


ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF DENMARK IN 2020


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As individuals, as women, as Westerners, we put on jeans - a contemporary corset. For several decades the female body has been portrayed as emancipated in favor of advertising jeans. But has she been equally constrained by this material fashion? Worker’s Choice explores how the feminine body has been choreographed and shaped by jeans over time and how female appearance is portrayed through historical and contemporary advertising campaigns connected to denim and the fashion industries. Worker’s Choice is developed from an archive of images and text on the advertisement of jeans from the early 1880s until today. The evolution and neutralization of gendered body posture are studied through this archive, which includes everything from early workwear advertisements for male mine workers, a ‘calvinized’, hyper-sexualized 15-year-old Brooke Shields as the face of 1980 Calvin Klein commercials, and today’s marketing strategies advocating ‘gender neutrality and ‘female empowerment by Levi’s and Diesel. Worker’s Choice is a study and celebration of struggles within the historical and contemporary representation of the capitalized female form. 

2017,  SOPHIENSAELE, BERLIN, GERMANY, PHOTOS BY GERHARD LUDWIG

2018, ALT_CPH, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, PHOTOS BY RINE RODIN