Alex Alvina Chamberland
Alex Alvina Chamberland is a Swedish-American performance artist and writer based in Berlin. Her work focuses on explosivity, intensity, musicality, vocal experimentation, silence, maximalism and (trans)femininity, dealing with subjects such as failure and passivity as a means of resistance to obligatory capitalist success and productivity, as well as loneliness, yearning and collectivity. At Sound Acts she presented "In per trying/Witches decide/My (trans)femininity/Danse Sacrale/No title only tidal wave" which she describes as "something along the lines of beyond gender essentialism and beyond gender neutrality. It features a vocal experimentation-portion spanning over 3.5 octaves from low pitch to high pitch via multiphonics, a text song-monologue on the personal struggles of being (trans)feminine in a broader context of vulnerability, care and empathy as well as the pain of this aching world, followed by a staring match with the audience that leads to a self-sacrificial dance till exhaustion and near death based on The Dying Swan and the Nijinsky-choreographed Danse Sacrale-ballet in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, topped off by a monologue that requires help from the audience to finish reading as the performer (the I that is me) is often so exhausted after the 122 jump dance that she cannot finish on her own. And then: An exiting dance slowly shifting between a being trapped in a wall, a warrior, a becoming of the pollen of a flower and from off stage a schrei speech, a final plea: A SCREAM OF LOVE!!!"