“We do this work not only because we believe in a society that is more inclusive of children (and others) but also because we appreciate this creativity and learn from it, even and especially when it disrupts and undermines our grownup established paths and working methods.” – Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey
In March 2019, Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey’s CODOMESTICATION had its premiere at Tanzquartier Wien. Back then, they invited the audience to watch the play between themselves and their then one-year old child Albert – who took part as a co-director – in a performative live setting. The trio have performed a version of this work each year following, always under the strict condition that it should be interesting and fun for all three. Albert is now five and is actively directing the performance and deciding on matters of content as well as costumes, props, light etc. So far it is still fun.
The central focus of CODOMESTICATION is on gender-political issues that come up with co-parenting and being parented, by combining affective labour and childcare with artistic work, this work addresses the precarious nature of both.
Krõõt Juurak (Estonia) and Alex Bailey (UK) are artists and performers working and living in Vienna. They received there MFA from the Sandberg Institute of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. Their recent performance collaborations include Animal Jokes (for Animals) performed at Secession, Vienna, Xing, Bologna and Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, Animal Show performed at WUK Performing Arts, Vienna and since 2014 Performances for Pets which has been performed at various homes in Zürich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Erlangen, Vienna, Tallinn and Berlin.
Albert Bailey Juurak, Alex Bailey, Krõõt Juurak: Codomestication, Photo: Vlad Brăteanu