'Rond de Jambe', 2015, video installation and live performance
'Several forms of friendship', research image, March 2015
'MATER (Maia reading in front of the camera)', work in progress, January 2015
The construction of the Stopera on the Waterlooplein (1979-1986) marked a turbulent era. When Aimée Zito Lema studied archival images she was struck by the physical nature of the resistance against the new city hall/opera house. Protesters pushed and pulled, ran and danced, all against a building destined to house physical acts such as those performed by the National Ballet. Zito Lema scoured the archives and attended the Amsterdam International Summer School of the National Ballet Academy in collaboration with the Dutch National Ballet. In a video installation and a performance she now juxtaposes the political body and the dancing body, for example by incorporating gestures of protest into choreography.
Zito Lema is interested in people’s interactions and their world view. She has done projects on cooperation before, and a lot of her work results from that too. She currently works less with groups, but the focus is still on people. As witnessed by her close-up photos of intimate gestures or casts of friends’ joints which have been finished with clay by her daughter.