RADICANTS, PARIS: Selin Davasse, “Unlace my Syntax”, April 15, 2023, 7 PM

In “Unlace my Syntax” Selin Davasse slips into the role of the Tamada, a rhetorically adept and alcoholically well-versed master of ceremonies ociating at Georgian banqueting tables. She transplants the sociopolitical space of the banquet to Pickle Bar, conjuring an interaction ritual revolving around the speech genre of toasting and the communal musicking modes in Georgian polyphonic singing. Mimicking but also menacing public speech customs rooted in masculine self-mastery, she salutes all unbounded, porous and shapeshi!ing bodies by welcoming contamination. Interpreting the banquet as an academy where unocial narratives are celebrated and the Tamada as a wandering agent of mythopoetic transmission, she raises her glass to knowledge that is sung, not archived.

Selin Davasse (b. 1992, Turkey) lives and works in Berlin. Her research-based performance practice repurposes disparate literary and performative techniques to engage with ethics and politics from alternative presents and speculative futures. Composed of narrative and sonic textures, her work condenses systems of thought into intimate feminine expressions; and takes shape as spoken-and-sung performances with participatory, playful, and parodic layers forming heterogeneous hospitable relations with the audience.

Concept, Text, Performance: Selin Davasse

Custom Suit: Situationist

Hair Design: Henriette Theurgarten

Musical Arrangements: Dorothee Barall

Leaflet Design: Ozan Şanal (Studio Abo)

Leaflet Photography: Joseph Kadow

Custom Nails: Camilla Inge Volbert

Jewelry: Räthel&Wolf 

Make-up: Agatha Couture