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Dimanche Rouge Festival at XL Art Space
Performance Festival
17 October, 2013 00:00 - 19 October, 2013 00:00 12:00-20:00 (Thurs-Fri), 12:00-18:00 (Sat).

Andres Montes (Mexico) and Vloeistof (Netherlands) will each present a different perspective to urban actions, interventions, and performance during the Dimanche Rouge festival 17-20th October 2013. 


Wordactions by Andres Montes 

During the Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France festival artist Andres Montes will develop a body of work titled 'Wordactions' which is a series of actions and interventions that will take place around Helsinki and viewed via traces and documentation in the gallery space. 

Montes' work at XL Art Space can be viewed on Thursday 17th October 12:00-20:00, Friday 18th October 12:00-20:00, and Saturday 19th October 12:00-18:00.

In addition audiences are invited to witness Montes present his work on two occasions:

# Thursday 17th October 6pm (for 6:30pm)

# Saturday 19th October 4pm 

Andres Montes is a multidisciplinary artist born in Mexico and trained in the United States, currently, living and working in Madrid, Spain. His work “[W]HOLEHOUSE” will also make an appearance during the festival, which is part of the Identity Tactics series, anonymous and ephemeral interventions of public spaces.  In “[W]HOLEHOUSE,” the actions attempt to explore the processes involved around the creation of territory and its relation to the binomial Memory/Identity. The piece’s intention is to underline the frailty of our relation to space and our belonging to a specific geography.


Welcome to the Outside World by Vloiestof

On Friday 18th October 13:00-17:00 dutch dance company Vloeistof will perform 'Welcome to the Outside World' nearby XL Art Space on Friday 18th October. The meeting point for the performance is XL Art Space where a festival attendent will assist audiences. 

“A dance experience that provides you with a different perspective on dance”.

We would love to invite you to participate in ths special urban dance experience, taking place in a secret location in the streets of Helsinki....

Times: 13:00 / 13.45 / 14.30 / 15.15 / 16.00 / 16.45

The audience view the performance from inside a car: 5 spectators per performance (6 performances a day)

Participation is free but advanced registration is required. To reserve your place please send an email with your name, number of places you wish to reserve and preferred time and date to

'Welcome to the Outside World'

in a car you can surreptitiously and unabashedly spy on the passersby. You are part of the whole, but separated from the outside world. Protected by the cage of glass and steel you are an anonymous voyeur who sees and experiences intimacy. You become aware of yourself as a voyeur. Vloeistof places its dancers in the un-orchestrated reality of a road. Cyclists, cars, trucks and pedestrians pass by. The frame of the window provides the cadre though which all things seem to have a purpose. What do I see? Where should I look? Who is a part of the plot? Who is watching? What are my expectations? In this setting Vloeistof uses a suspension that teases. With subtle distortions and interventions the choreographer-duo in a striking manner discloses behaviour in the urban environment.

Part of the Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France


Photo credit: Andres Montes // Regiones Transitorias III (Transitory Regions III) // Urban intervention. 3 of 3 looped videos // Madrid, 2011 // Camera: Giovanna Intra (