Oh, Celine!

OH, CELINE is an ongoing, multimedia performance created by performer-designer Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs and TPM Artistic Director Kate Ladenheim.

Celine (née De La Croix) is a fictional, Brooklyn-based avant-garde dancer who was conceived as a hilarious yet sincere caricature of a downtown artist. Through a sequence of events – sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny – the clueless New Age-y diva evolved into a provocative, Borat-like figure through whom her creators set to unmask the power structures in the contemporary art scene and our society at large.

Over the last few months, Celine’s experiences unveiled through a long series of disarmingly pretentious social media posts, a mystifying art film, and surprising live appearances.

OH, CELINE is an ongoing, multimedia performance created by performer-designer Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs and TPM Artistic Director Kate Ladenheim.

Celine (née De La Croix) is a fictional, Brooklyn-based avant-garde dancer who was conceived as a hilarious yet sincere caricature of a downtown artist. Through a sequence of events – sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny – the clueless New Age-y diva evolved into a provocative, Borat-like figure through whom her creators set to unmask the power structures in the contemporary art scene and our society at large.

Over the last few months, Celine’s experiences unveiled through a long series of disarmingly pretentious social media posts, a mystifying art film, and surprising live appearances.

tumblr

Celine uses her tumblr as a living mood board, a window into her process, and to wax poetic on the challenges of artistic life.

Dear god, it’s me, Celine>

insta

#deargoditsmeceline and other musings from the artist, complete with the glory of her own broken iPhone documentation.

Follow @celineismovedtomove>

film

Salvaged footage from Celine’s failed collaboration with Jü brandy, which screened at Kickstarter HQ on February 12th, 2019.

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live show

MAGNUM OPUS: A Retrospective: A look at our heroine’s journey in a solo performance combining theater, dance, and scenic installation, presented by Brooklyn Studios for Dance.

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Celine’s Story

In her artistic career – carefully documented in the artist’s cryptic Tumblr blog – Celine has been kicked off the stage at the DanceNow: Joe’s Pub Festival during the performance of MAGNUM OPUS: The Prelude.

Later, she was “discovered” by an artisanal liquor brand, Jü, whose marketing team promised Celine an outlet for her creativity in a commercial only to try to suppress her sincerity and later ridicule her for it.

Devastated by the experience, she managed to salvage the footage and screen it – under the title MAGNUM OPUS: Resurgere ex Cineribus – as an art film at the surprisingly supportive Kickstarter HQ in Brooklyn, where the show was attended by some of her Instagram followers, convinced she was a real person.

Later still, Celine found refuge at Keshet, an artist-in-residency program in New Mexico, where she reunited with Mother Nature, found her Inner Goddess and produced her latest oeuvre, MAGNUM OPUS: A Desert Reflowering – a third attempt to make her first and greatest masterpiece.

Come + SEE

APRIL 11-13, 2018

MAGNUM OPUS: A Retrospective
8:00 PM, Thursday – Saturday
@ Brooklyn Studios for Dance
[210 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238]

 

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Help Celine bring her Magnum Opus to life.

You can make a sustaining donation through our D.rip campaign, or send a one time donation through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Kate Ladenheim and Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs are award-winning multidisciplinary performance artists. Kate brings with her 8+ years of dance, arts production and immersive theatre experience and Ceci brings with her 8+ years of experimental theatre, voiceover, costuming and theatrical design experience.

Kate and Ceci began working together six years ago, when they began pulling each other onto various jobs and artistic projects. Since then, the two have done everything from bartending at a pretentious wine bar to producing and starring in an augmented reality podcast and performance to creating abstract dance films to helping organize an overly ambitious tech conference. Because we’ve shared so many of these random work experiences — and have had to navigate some very distressing power dynamics — we have decided to channel these into our personas, our performances, and our creative work at large, blending elements that usually stand alone.

Our process is generous, self-examining and allows us to share in each others’ strengths. We notice the differences in the assumptions that people make about us, and how in anticipating those assumptions, we limit ourselves to a rather narrow range of being.

Oh, Celine is Kate and Ceci’s response to these experiences and this unique way of working together. They have leveraged their considerable breadth in skills and depth in friendship to produce Celine’s digital and performative trail. For Kate and Ceci all work in Oh, Celine is ultimately collaborative. A specific name credit indicates a project management, lead creative and/or technical expertise in a specific role, but was inevitably influenced by the team

Concept, Story & Creative Direction: Kate Ladenheim & Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs • Choreography & Movement Direction: Kate Ladenheim • Dramaturgy & Performance: Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs • Blog Writing: Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs • Blog Editing: Kate Ladenheim & Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs • Costume Design: Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs • Styling: Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs & Kate Ladenheim •   Blog Photography: Keira Chang • Music & Audio Engineering: Myles Avery • Director of Photography (Film): Chelsea Robin Lee • Gaffer (Film): Michael Popp • Production: The People Movers Page Photos: Lady Deryn