Guest article by Ori Josephine Lenkinski.
Date: August 13
Time: 10:41 PM
Location: outside of the Schauspielhaus in Vienna, after the performance of A Talk by Sudermann and Soderberg.
Ori: Your performance last night was amazing. (Performance of X-On, a quartet involving sculptures by Franz West).
Ivo (with slight disdain): Really? What was amazing about it?
Ori (caught off guard): Well… it was very committed. All four of you were very committed in your performance.
Ivo: I found these girls (Sudermann and Soderberg) much more committed.
Ori: Really? Well, it was also very well put together.
Ivo: Oh. I didn’t think so at all. (It was the premier performance of X-On). So, anything that is well organized you find amazing?
Ori (jeez!): No. But I did very much enjoy your piece.
Ivo: And did you not find it overly bourgeois?
Ori: I thought that the nod to bourgeois was intentional. Was it not?
Ivo: It was.
Ori: Is it not difficult to draw your own blood on stage?
Ivo: I do it all the time. In my solo, Lili Handel, I do it and I performed that piece over three hundred times. I sell the blood afterwards.
Ori: For how much?
Ivo: Well, it’s an auction.
Ori: And how much is the most you’ve gotten for it?
Ivo (pleased with himself): 50 Euros.
Ori (not sure if that’s a lot): That’s a lot.
Ivo: It’s a work of art.
Ori: And is it Lili Handel’s blood or Ivo Dimchev’s?
Ivo (obviously this is a ridiculous question): It’s Lili Handel’s.
An interruption distracts Ivo Dimchev. Ori tiptoes away towards a group of fellow danceWEBbers.