“A girl wears her deceased best friend’s shoes, so that she continues to live on and walk in the world”.
There are gestures, objects, memories that connect the world of the living to the one of the dead. Taking inspiration from the collaborative cohabitation between the living and the dead that existed in the Latin cult of the Lares – which still exists in Oaxaca in Mexico and in Naples – Zimmerfrei’s work combines documented research and live presence, bringing on stage some actions that unite living people to those who disappeared and that are still active in the present.
DE LOS MUERTOS adopts Belgian philosophers’ Vinciane Despret’s ideas on the fact that those who die do not go away: instead of driving them away we should adopt them.
“Every year a woman smokes a cigarette in the day of the anniversary of the death of her mother. We could say that it is the mother who smokes a Merit through her, non-smoker.”
The performance by ZimmerFrei was conceived thanks to the collaboration of different artists: visual artist Lia Bo Fisher, the performer Maria Caterina Frani, the video artist Davide Pepe, the light designer Fabio Sajiz, the musician Massimo Carozzi and the director Anna de Manincor.