Elena Zanzu



Laureate 2020-2021


EZ is a project around pain, vulnerability, negotiation, consent, care. It explores the power dynamics and pact in place between artist and audience.

What happens when a human body is tied, tortured, and manipulated in a consensual way on stage? What reactions – physical, emotional and cognitive – occur in a person being manipulated, a person manipulating and a person observing it? Is there space for care? Can we laugh? How do we negotiate? Should an extreme act of “sacrifice” be done in order to invite the audience to participate? Is it a ritual?


EZ – meaning NO in Basque language – is an invitation to the YES, which can only be possible when the NO is also an option.