5 minute toilet performance from 1 to 2 spectators at a time, in loop for 4 hours
by Giuseppe L. Bonifati
Now- more than ever, as an artist, I feel the need to fail and to fall into crisis. The spectator/voyeur (spying or not) is the one, who allows my awareness to gain altitude. The last journey from Central America to Northern Europe gave me further confirmation: people want to be approached, touched and manipulated- almost like in bioenergetic’s practice. So I make the spectators sit- one or more at a time, depending on my wishes and desires. Then I take off the ceremony dress. But suddenly- I am assailed by a thought: ”Where’s the bathroom!?”
I calm down. This time I got locked inside . Pss Pss … ivetotellyousomething … I’m the other side of the coin! The one behind-whole and flat, I’m the mask and the anti-mask of beauty. I’m Axl Rose and Shakira together, I’m a kerosene wick! But… I’m moved by the cat of Hello Kitty …
The crisis is to show how we’re really inside- as artists. With all ours fragilities.
Awareness is perhaps the very fact of being observed or perceived. As such.
Ivetotellusomething, Humen Magazine – Hungary
Ivetotellusomething, Jyllands-Posten – Denmark
Ivetotellusomething, Politiken (Denmark)
Ivetotellusomething, La Nuova Sardegna
(Manuela Vacca–L’Unione Sarda) A little furtherbackin the dressing roomof a luxuryclothing store, Giuseppe L. Bonifatikidnaps one up to four viewersat a time, for the performance “ivetotellusomething.” In essence,a fascinating andever-changing trip.
(EnricoPau –Nuova Sardegna) GiuseppeL.Bonifati brings his spectators insidea bathroom,asmall temple of a sensual Hello Kittythat forces to the dance, in hispink panties. He brings the spectator intoasensualkitschthat is reflectedin the music andthrough theactor’s voiceconveysavisionary andimaginativesouthfromtown fair, fairgroundof other times,thefat ladycave, a place of damnationand salvation.In what it remains ofthe aesthetics, as Pasolini said, “shadow of the past”, the place of memory. (Kristian Husten – Politiken. Ibyen, Denmark) Crisis Is Good. The chosen performance groups this year at QuongaFest are apparently preoccupied, in different ways, about the present time crisis (…) Only one artist, the italian Giuseppe L. Bonifati, thematises the crisis directly. His toiletperformance „ivesomethingtotellyou“ deals fairy simply about the importance of failing and being in crisis. Bonifati also comes from Italy- that seems to have reached the ground well and profoundly.
(Af Louis Bull Nivang – Jyllands Posten, Denmark) This yearQuongaFest, whichended yesterday, gave a particulartheater program bringing people into a toilet.The man withthe idea ofthis unconventionalstagespaceis the ItalianGiuseppeBonifati. The performeris currentlyassociated withOdin Teatretin Holstebro. (…) In performancesof 5 minuteshe invitedthe audienceintothe toiletfora short and intimate performancethat hasbreak downthetraditional boundariesbetweenaudienceand actor.
(Sara Porskrog – Over Spring.dk ) The queue for the toilet was long and the show popular (…) But in a split second I saw one of audiences were torn into the toilet of a funny guy in a pink tricot. And later I met different people who said that “the performance changed their lives”.
Aaben Stage Godsbanen – Aarhus, Denmark ART MARKET BUDAPEST – Millenaris Park, Budapest Casa del Artista – Ministry of Culture – Caracas, Venezuela FITO _ Festival Internacional Teatro de Oriente – Barcelona de A., Venezuela Art PLACC Festival – Tihany, Hungary MUSZI – Budapest, Hungary 4PLAY LOUNGE Striptease Club – Budapest, Hungary AQB – Art Quarter Budapest – Budapest, Hungary Nikolaj Kunst Hal Museum – Copenaghen, Denmark QuongaFest – Aarhus, Denmark Festival della Creatività 2013 – MACRO, Rome Italy Ex-Pop Teatro Festival 2.0 – Cagliari, Italy Festuge – Odin Teatret Nordisk Teaterlaoratorium – Holstebro, Denmark