Lena Willikens has made a name for herself as a DJ by following her own, strange muse. Her Phantom Kino Ballet project looks even further afield; somewhere between soundtrack/radio drama/film and performance art.
Xiu Xiu, Phantom Kino Ballett (Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny), Kid606
The Goethe-Institut of San Francisco & Public Works present-
A special night of immersive multimedia performances & intimate performances bringing our 8 Year Anniversary Celebration weekend at Public Works to a close.
Xiu Xiu (Solo) (Polyvinyl, Kill Rock Stars | LA)
Phantom Kino Ballett (Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny) (RVNG Intl. | Germany)
Kid606 (Live) (Tigberbeat6 | LA)
Xiu Xiu (Solo)
Jamie Stewart (b.1978) was born and lives in Los Angeles. In 2002 he started the band Xiu Xiu and began to waste his life.
Phantom Kino Ballett (Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny)
Phantom Kino Ballett is an audiovisual drama by Lena Willikens and Sarah Szczesny.
On stage the artists perform an hallucinogenic audio mix to an experimental music video, combining quotations of movie scenes, interview extracts and spoken word with painting and collage in motion and including club references like strobe light and smoke machine.
Phantom Kino Ballett is sound fragment and black theatre, Holly Woodlawn´s nervous breakdowns, Taros arpeggiated anime, Mario Montez´ mobilee, Maria Callas´ chiffre and Anna Oppermann´s eyelashes.
As the Phantom Kino Ballett is by self-concept a processual piece of work, governed by the performance places in the way they use costumes, the sculptural interpretations of the stage, the specific musical mix as well as the integration of lights and smog.
The world of the phantoms is constantly morphing.