The Butter Dance

Leg of Lamb was recently introduced to the practice of Berlin-based Javanese performance artist Melati Suryodarmo.  One of her most well-known works is ‘Exergie: Butter Dance’ (above), a performance she first conducted in 2000.  The premise is simple; the artist appears in a tight black dress and high heels and attempts to dance on several blocks of butter over a twenty minute period.  Her initially graceful moves recall the gestures of Balinese dancers but as her balance becomes compromised by the rapidly melting butter, her performance quickly descends into a comical mess.

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