the butterflies and the burnings

the butterflies and the burnings – anne blonstein
published by Dusie Press in 2009

performative research with the book in Basel, november ´22

a collective of women saints across times, saints not as a specific religious idea, but a choreografic life/death-subverting idea:

euphrosyne . angela . syncletica . gudula . yvette . scholastica . anne line . perpetua . fina . ida . catherine of sweden . mother maria skobtsova . mary the egyptian . juliana . pandita rambai . dietrich bonhoeffer . sor juana inés de la cruz . kateri tekakwitha . caterina benincasa . wiborada . domitilla . julian . caterina . galswintha . maria maddelena de´pazzi . jeanne . modwenna . lutgard . sexburga . isabel . anne askew . margaret of antioch . margaret . mary magdalene . osith . hedwig . ursula . johanna the rigger . winifred . henriette delille . getrude . walata petros . catherine . barbara . leocadia and raquel . frances xavier cabrini . mary

Questions:

choreographing beginning, middle and end in a folly of beautiful non-expetations among us?

how did they cast the sources – the life –  back to the river?

neglected life?

live with?

understand code?

(“do you think that I thought this up myself in my heart”? p 116)

The research in Basel, is supported by the Danish Artscouncil.

@Gender Studies Library, Rheinsprung 21, Basel

the butterflies and the burnings

when the relics had burned, Baggen May ´20

swimming butterfly

swimming butterfly in the Rhine, Basel November ´22