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Maria Metsalu

Mademoiselle x

Flam live

Mademoiselle x is a semi-fictional woman who, while being alive, is convinced that she is in fact dead. In this realm, everything is possible and allowed, all is a part of her and originates from her, forming a complex but uncomplicated system. Mademoiselle x draws a parallel between the state of living “in between” - as a living un-dead, a zombified body - and the state of the performer, the repetitive nature of performing the same shows over and over again.

Flam encounter

In a dark corner of the garden, flanked by two statues, a fountain of blood is installed: a space for liquids and viruses to circulate. This sculptural installation is the scenery of Metsalu’s performance in FLAM Live, now forming the decor of the cruising exhibition visitors of FLAM Encounter. Metsalu confronts the current conditions of her environment by taking her own ‘millennial body’ as the epicentre of her work, thereby looking at the politicisation of sexuality.


Metsalu’s contribution to FLAM is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.


Maria Metsalu (1990) is an Estonian choreographer and performer. Her works express an ongoing interest in self-mythologization and autopoiesis via new, corporate technologies in an attempt to understand their unique terms of social exchange and transformation. Metsalu graduated from SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in 2016, and is one of the founding members of international performance group Young boy dancing group. Her work has been shown, amongst others, in Manifesta 11, Kunsthalle Vienna, Tallinn Art Hall, NU Performance Festival, Theater Nanterre-Amandiers and during Performa 17 in New York (2017).

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