‘Carried Away: Beyond a Rooted Condition,’ 2022 Madison Bycroft | Léo Landon Barret | Nana (Anaïs) Pinay

A speculation in song, sound, and story, Carried Away: Beyond a Rooted Condition is a performance written and choreographed for the Royal Botanical Garden of Córdoba. The performance premiered on June 5, 2022, as part of “Pasaje del agua | The Journeying Stream”—a program of performances, meditation, music, and conversations convened jointly by TBA21 and TBA21–Academy. 

Performed and conceived by Madison Bycroft, Léo Landon Barret, and Nana (Anaïs) Pinay, Carried Away: Beyond a Rooted Condition departs from nomenclatures, classifications, and histories preserved in greenhouses and moves with the meanders of the Guadalquivir river, which runs along the herbariums. In this sense the work is a movement from one place to another, but the way is not straight: it meanders, eddies, detours, and gets stuck in the reed swamps before a story swells and pushes it forward. Is a movement still “forwards” if there is no goal, no destination in mind? With Latin names sinking into the mud, particular, edged, theatrical surfaces get anchored to their spot and gather grass, shrubs, and algae, eventually eroding too. Who is here? An introduced species? Native and exotic? How do we allow you your illegibility beside the opaque waters of the Guadalquivir river?

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07/10 2022
Madison Bycroft, Léo Landon Barret, and Nana (Anaïs) Pinay
‘Carried Away: Beyond a Rooted Condition,’ 2022
41 min 23 sec
Performance video recording; Real Jardín Botánico de Córdoba, Spain. June 5, 2022
Co-curated by Daniela Zyman with Barbara Casavecchia
Video Recording Identifilms: Enrique Serrano and David Sánchez
“Pasaje del agua | The Journeying Stream,” June 3–5, 2022, Córdoba, Spain; curated by Sofia Lemos and Daniela Zyman

Cover image: Fernando Sendra | Courtesy of TBA21 Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary
  • Gender equality
  • Life on land
  • Life below water