Core member, choreographer, performer
Cleaners Identity Group (CIG) are six women artists from Finland, England and Germany, based in Amsterdam. With a focus on the human body and movement the group creates performance projects, combining their skills in dance, architecture, photography and sound.
The artists explore and abstract the absurdities of the everyday; breaking and recomposing life strategies into raw choreography. All the members have cleaning jobs to support their art and embrace this as a transparent source of rich inspiration.
Cleaners Identity Group play with familiar movement, stripped back and relayered. The recognisable radiates new meaning, rubbing shoulders with daily tasks that have a twist in a contrasted setting. A dance with coats and brooms is interrupted for a cigarette break, a perfect moment to swop cleaning tips and all to a soundscore of electrical home devices. In CIG’s world, time and space is stretched and squeezed, playingfully tweaking the audiences perception. A morning trio performed live in a gallery contrasts with it’s afternoon video screening, acting as a backdrop to a live trio split between the street and gallery by a large window. The line between performer and audience is teased as a solo in the rain becomes a duet with a window cleaner. The audience participate as pieces of furniture for a lecture on dance and interior design. The performance lasts as long as it takes to cook the soup and the public must wash their own dishes. Not afraid of experimentation, CIG are masters of discovery and have built a reputation for the unexpected!
Through a process of improvisation skills Cleaners Identity Group responds and adapts to each environment. Live and recorded performances, installations and happenings are created in diverse locations – from school gym, hotel, art gallery to foot tunnel. CIG’s unique performance projects and workshops have been hosted nationally and international at festivals, educational institutes, theatres and in the local underground squat scene. Amsterdam has been home to CIG since it’s formation in October 2000. Since then this inspirational body of work has been taken further by the individual artists.
Petra Alankoja | architecture & design Sarah Kate Gardiner I dance & choreography www.sarahkategardiner.com Saskia Habermann | sound, video & dance Ulla-Mari Lindström | photography www.ullamari.com Marjukka Paukkonen | dance & choreography Netta Warga | dance & choreography
CLEANERS IDENTITY GROUP 2000-2004:
Jogger Series of Churches, Amsterdam ’03-’04
Short Stories Muiderpoort Theatre Amsterdam ´02 Solo series: “May I kindly Ask You To Turn” sound installation, Lecture On Dance & Interior Design – dance & lecture, Be A Tourist In These Familiar Places – site-specific Dance Solo, A Room In 120 Minutes – Photography installation
Locations Dance video for basket ball court, foot tunnel & river bank Antwerp Belgium Oct ´01
Things To Do for Gallery & Street Jos Art Gallery, EMBODIMENT FESTIVAL NL Amsterdam June ’01
Tommy’s House Garden & Shed
Plantage Doklaan Theatre, Amsterdam March ’01
Body-Object-Space CIG site-specific workshops The School For New Dance Outokumpu, Finland Spring ’01
Tommy’s House OT301 Theatre, Amsterdam Feb ’01
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*CIG photo credits: Ulla-Mari Lindström
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