Warm Up: Hermitage State Theater
HD Video, sound, colour
Courtesy of Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, Galerie Neu and the Artist
In the ﬁlm Warm Up: Hermitage State Theater, created in 2014 for the Manifesta in St. Petersburg, Klara Lidén takes part in the warm-up exercises of the St. Petersburg State Ballet. The artist herself takes the stage – in the midst of a row of almost marionette-like ballerinas. She tries to follow the rehearsed choreography of the dancers, but with obvious difﬁculty. The expanse of the stage and the bright light of the spotlights expose the dilettantish nature of Lidén’s movements, which makes the artist all the more susceptible to the judging eye of the viewer.