For the past 6 years, Samira Elagoz dedicated their artistic practice to researching and filming cis-men and first encounters. Elagoz toured the world nonstop for five years, pre and post #MeToo, with their performance Cock, Cock, Who’s There? (SPRING 2017) which dealt with sexual violence. On a quest to find intimacy after touring so many years, Sam realises that the show started as a genuine ode to being a woman, but revealed itself to be a farewell to being one.
SEEK BROMANCE got started from a message Elagoz received on Facebook from a mysterious male-presenting profile called Aris. In the form of a cinematic performance, the audience is invited to follow a transformative relationship between two people who got to know each other in an extreme moment, the global pandemic. From lockdown routines to deserts far from other people, with just a car, some cash, and a supply of testosterone, they expose the integral dynamics of masculinity and femininity.
Interview with Samira Elagoz
"SEEK BROMANCE is originally a 2010 Avicii song with a music video of two bros going on a road trip with a third wheel chick. I feel like that could be the tagline of my work.“
Read the entire interview in the digital magazine of SPRING in Autumn.
Concept and direction: Samira Elagoz
Material in collaboration with Aris
Advice: Bruno Listopad, Antonia Steffens
Extra advice: Otto Rissanen, Tiana Hemlock-Yensen, Richard Sand, Valerie Cole, Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli, Michael Scerbo
Advice during filming: Jeanette Groenendaal
Production: SPRING Performing Arts Festival
Co-production: Frascati Amsterdam, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek Brussels, Black Box Teater Oslo, BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, Finish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Arsenic - Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne
With the support of Fonds Podiumkunsten NL, Koneen Säätiö FI, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds NL, Ammodo NL