pollen spools out, words scatter through a waiting room window, 2021-2022, (work-in-progress)
Lou Lou Sainsbury with Marie Tučková 
Performed at Understory Chant, The Dutch Art Institute & Sonsbeek 20-24,  26 August 2021, Posttheater,  Arnhem, Netherlands

In the waiting room, history performs its own waiting. Romance is a bite from an open window, the stench of it burnt her nostrils. Earth is deadnamed. A love scene of sorts, of friendship in the horror of a shapeshifting yolk.

pollen spools out... is an improvised scene from a project running from 2021-2022, working towards a solo exhibition at Gasworks, with the Freelands Gasworks Partnership Programme.


Marie and I sing an ode to the sexual lives of plants and insects. Scene d'Amour from Hitchcock's Vertigo is reworked into a long score of intense anticipation without release, I receive a phone call and am given a vat of gel, sharing hormones. The stench of geraniums fills the room of the theatre, the gel is noxious and contagious. Marie and I excessively rub the gel on our legs, dance in the slippery, and embrace on a chair whilst the deep scent burns nostrils with autotune narration for an alien leaking being somewhere else/out-of-scene, in another waiting room.⁠

"In the waiting room, we will find the means at all costs to exist for each other, and stage the plan for which we no longer exist, for each other." ⁠

A score from the performance ‘pollen spools out, words scatter through a waiting room window’, acting as an improvisational movable-map.⁠

Poetry sketches from work-in-progress project ‘deadnames of the world fka earth’, telling the story of a planet that covertly disguises themselves as human and visits earth.

Special thanks to Dagmar Bosma, Marie Tučková, Kari Rosenfeld, Azul de Monte, Sabel Gavaldon, Joel Furness, Mia van den Bos, Barby Asante, Lisette Lagnado, Momtaza Mehri, Giulia Crispiani, Peter Sattler, Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Xenia Klein, Snejanka Mihaylova, Rory Pilgrim and all transing* beings.  

Supported by Gasworks and the Dutch Art Institute, with Sonsbeek 20-24.