Corentin JPM Leven
Birds of Ill Omen

30. mars–2. april 2022 ❶ Premiere

19:00, Lille scene

19:00, Lille scene

19:00, Lille scene

14:00, Lille scene

“One must live to build one´s house and not build one’s house to live in (...) And besides, for one "living" shell, how many dead ones there are! For one inhabited shell, how many are empty!” – Gaston Bachelard

In his first performance, + -, Corentin JPM Leven explored his own grief related to HIV. In Birds of Ill Omen, Leven directs his work towards other HIV related issues, examining the relationship between self-defined identity, and identity as a result of medical assessment.

Historically, the Queer body has been placed as a figure who disturbs the order of nature and who can be punished by higher wrath. How can the queer body identify itself when, on the one hand, it has been defined by medicine and on the other by popular fabulation? Through his own HIV diagnosis, Leven problematizes the medicalization of the queer body and the many roles he, as HIV positive, must play both socially and in the LGBTQ+ environment.

This visual performance sets itself in a space filled with memories and desires for the individual Queer body. A place between the construction of a monument and a memorial, a space between science and self definition.

Corentin JPM Leven is a performance artist who also works as a director, scenographer and actor. His work is strongly rooted in the heritage and history of the queer community. Leven has worked with, among others, CocoRosie and Ulf Nilseng.