Post: 《莎乐美之狂》 Salomania





2009 | 17min | 波林·宝得瑞 / 瑞纳特·劳伦茨 Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz

实验短片Experimental Film

主演 Cast

Yvonne Rainer, Wu Ingrid Tsang

摄影 Cinematographers

Michelle Lawler, Micki Pocklar

对白语言 Language


字幕 Subtitles

中英 Chinese, English


故事梗概 Synopsis

“莎乐美”重现了“莎乐美的七层纱”这段来自艾拉·娜兹莫娃1923年的默片电影《莎乐美》中的舞蹈 。同时影片中也展现和排演了舞蹈家和电影制作人依冯·瑞娜在观看了娜兹莫娃的电影之后所做的“瓦尔达独奏”。作品则将莎乐美作为了一个异族变性者和同性恋的符号。影片中的表演者为依冯·瑞娜和吴·英格丽·曾。



Salomania reconstructs a dance, the “dance of the seven veils,” from Alla Nazimova’s 1923 silent film Salomé. Also shown and rehearsed are sections from “Valda’s Solo,” which choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer created after having seen Nazimova’s film. The installation takes up Salome as a transgender figure and the motif of a queer appropriation of the exotic. The performers are Wu Ingrid Tsang and Yvonne Rainer.

At the beginning of the 20th century there was a wave of excitement about the character of Salome, who soon earned the name ‘Salomania.’ Women would get together and imitated the dance of the seven veils. A series of dancers became famous for their interpretations of Salome. The figure of Salome stood for entrepreneurial independence and sexual freedom and became an icon of “sodomite” subjectivity.


导演简介 Bio-Filmography of Directors

波林宝得瑞和瑞纳特劳伦茨为居住在柏林的艺术家,她们从2004年开始合作。她们的视频装置作品重探历史时刻。这些历史时刻通常是在影像评论史中不具典型性并且难以辨认的酷儿历史。    她们的电影聚焦个人和群体行动,挑战世俗、法律和经济。以制造镜头前的戏剧性,她们不讨好规范的历史性描写,同时涵盖不同时期的表演、投射和形象。与众不同的对待影像的方式,她们对电影的使用成为自身表演的模本。她们流畅有趣的影像为她们带来广泛的国际认可。


Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz are an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004. They produce film installations that revisit historical moments and often-unrepresented or illegible queer histories, with a particular interest in a critical history of the photographic and moving image itself.Their films stage the actions of individuals and groups living—indeed thriving—in defiance of convention, law and economy. Producing plays for the camera, they upset normative historical narratives and inclusions through the staging, projection and layering of moments and figures across time. Their distinctive treatment of the moving image, their use of film loops as a mode of performance in itself, and the fluency and pleasure of their cinematography has gained them widespread international acclaim.


导演阐述Directors’ Statement





The script of the silent film Salomé is based on the play of the same name by Oscar Wilde and follows the Biblical story of the Jewish princess Salome. King Herod desires his youthful stepdaughter Salome. She in turn is interested in the missionary Jokanaan (the Baptist), who, however, rejects her. She gives in to Herod’s desire to see her dance, then demands the head of Jokanaan on a platter as a reward. She kisses the severed head.

The installation ‘Salomania’ takes up motifs from the silent movie, such as gazes, the active desire of Salome, and the figure of the veil, but also elements of Art Deco, which the movie celebrates. This prevailing design style of the 20s and 30s applied modern materials and images of technological progress. But why have they been mixed with “Oriental” material and images such as ostrich feathers and palm trees?

While images of “farness” and the technological can be seen as part of colonial politics—further familiarizing spectators with the “foreignness” of the colonies, but also seeking to justify colonial domination—at the same time they have been transformed by the film Salomé. Here they are established as images that make space for female or “transvestic” fantasies and desires. A space between the genders and between Orient and Occident appeared to be possible.