never let me go


Trento, Galleria Civica, January 2005

The performance never let me go consists of a musical tableau vivant which explores the psychological conditions of split personality and trauma of separation.
Seated one on the other’s lap Mocellin and Pellegrini sing the song Love me tender, with the accompaniment of a small music box, creating an estranged image of strong emotional impact, inspired from Jodorowsky’s film Santa sangre.

The face and body visible to the public are Ottonella’s while the voice singing and the hands playing the small musical instrument belong to Nicola.
In a rhythm scanned by music their bodies, placed one upon the other, move in unison, forming a unique figure, within whose confines it is difficult to understand where one person begins and the other one ends.

Differently from the performance NO!, where the emphasis is on the line of separation between people and where the physical contact takes place somewhere hidden from the public, Never let me go reflects upon the continuity and harmony between bodies, the chance to exist, albeit for a short instant, like an entity that is at the same time single and double.

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