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A Nomadic Art Series Inspired by Dance

February 1, 2019 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Hong Kong based Artist, Ophelia Jacarini unveiled in Cape Town (South Africa) the 5th piece from her Bejart series made of delicate embroidered artworks.

Always looking for unusual architectural locations across the world, this last piece was first installed in a boat construction site and then in machines of what was previously an old grain silo that is now the MOCAA museum.

The Bejart series seeks to recreate the beauty of a dance performance, with the wind acting as a choreographer. The question is how can we legitimately record and reproduce an art form that is traceless in nature?


The Series is a mixture of art, dance and movement. Each piece was made with cotton rope overlaid on a transparent fabric to recreate a sense of constant motion. Showcased in bright and windy sites, each installation is temporarily part of its surroundings.

Dance as an art of self-erasure, it is hardly fixable. Since the performance is no more as soon as it is seen, each gesture is replaced by another. Like dancers, the human bodies portrayed in Bejart are fleeting artworks that begin to vanish seconds after they have formed. Animated by the wind, the moment of its performance is the moment of its disappearance.

The Series needs to be in contrast with its environment. The installation brings back life to its space. Jacarini is fascinated with these forgotten industrial static walls and revive them with her moving embroidered bodies. The walls planted in their floors versus the dancer silhouettes floating in the air.

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