Anaïs Héraud

Works for Live Art Danmark
2013 “Dawdle” at Hitparaden 1

In English, to “dawdle” means to move aimlessly. The pronunciation is somewhat similar to the french word “dodeliner”, to nod one’s head slowly from one side to the other, like when following the rhythm of a song. Anaïs made a series of performances all titled “Dawdle”. Each is a performative mind-map of desire. In the the captivatingly slow development of the Copenhagen edition, her body dialogues with materials like cinder blocks and dawdling dildos, and in the end she buries love songs in soil.

Anaïs explains: “For this performance, I’m working with erotic objects of mass production. I believe that desire is the impulse for creativity. Working on my own desire’s aesthetic is a way for me to fight against its normative standard”.

About the Artist
Anaïs Héraud (b. 1988) is a performance and visual artist living and working in Berlin. She has an MFA in painting and performance art from the college of visual art E.N.S.A.V. Lacambre, Brussels. Her research is based around the aesthetical investigation of emotions and sensations. Recent performances: Transmediale, Berlin, Trouble Festival, Brussels; Dancekiosk, Hamburg…

Photo: Peter Lind

Photo: Peter Lind


Photo: Peter Lind

Find more info on the artist’s website.

Om liveart_dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.