【Lecture Performance】 The Romeos

  • Photo: Takeshi Hirabayashi


Artist Dora García is known for her various delegated performances, where the actions and characters are often played by undercover performers and even an unknowing audience. She creates theatrical situations in which the visitors are unable to remain bystanders, reconsidering the relationship between audience and artwork, between act and perception.
As part of the international exhibition, Garcia is proposing the performance "The Romeos", performed for the first time in 2005 in Madrid and now presented for the first time in Japan, after presentations in Brussels, Paris, London and Trondheim. "The Romeos" draw inspiration from a Cold War strategy designed by East Germany spymaster Markus Wolf. The original East German Romeos were a group of young men who romanced West German government secretaries in order to obtain information. Somehow, the women accepted and enjoyed the Romeos loving attention even if they knew their love was "not real" - since what they were really after, was information. García asks then the question: Why would that love and attention be "not real"? What defines authenticity in a relationship? This important question is what is at play in the present Aichi Triennale performance "The Romeos", where a group of attractive men will approach exhibition visitors in an impeccably polite and loving manner. Will the visitors accept their attention even if the visitors are aware The Romeos are "performing"?
Furthermore, The Romeos will appear on a stage set up simulating a press conference, at a lecture performance held specially for Aichi Triennale 2019. Through a Q&A session with the audience, García will reveal the inner clockwork of the performance, asking herself questions to the Romeos, and, very exceptionally, answering The Romeos' questions.

Extension Projects:
Projects including lecture-style performances by artists participating in the international contemporary art exhibition, group appreciation of work, and the provision of venues for discussion.


  • Born 1965 in Valladolid, Spain
  • Based in Barcelona, Spain / Oslo, Norway
  • Photo: Bruno Dubner

Dora García develops her practice across a wide range of formats, from media and installation to performance, theater and drawing. Her work generates performative situations requiring the participation of the spectators, pushing them to reflect on controversial issues related to institutional environments. A performer often intervenes in these environments, affecting or modifying the works according to any type of action taken or decision made by the audience. García's projects explore the relationships between the artist, the work and the public, focusing on cultural communication processes and making visible the importance of the public's critical participation.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Segunda Vez (solo), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
2012 dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
2011 54th Venice Biennial, Spanish Pavilion, Venice, Italy
2008 16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Sydney, Australia
2007 Skulptur Projekte Münster 2007, Münster, Germany


Dates Sat, Aug 3, 14:00 Sun, Aug 4, 12:00
Duration 45 min
Language English and Japanese (consecutive interpretation)


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Photo: Masahiro Hasunuma


Ticket prices ¥1,300
Note No children under school age are permitted.


Aichi Prefectural Art Theater / Large Rehearsal room (B2)


Aichi Arts Center B2F
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
461-8525 JAPAN


・5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
・5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.