bee matter


Premiere: 13. June 2021 in Kanuti Gildi SAAL

Director: Iveta Pole (LAT)
Video artist: Katarina Neiburga (LAT)
Composer: Anna Kirse (LAT)
Sound Designer: Andro Manzoni (CRO)
Performers: Keithy Kuuspu (EST), Liisa Saaremäel (EST), Lea Sekulić (CRO), Seohwon Ji (KOR), Johhan Rosenberg (EST), Jette Loona Hermanis (EST)

A Queen comes into being.
A Queen goes out into the sun.
I fly as far as possible towards the Sun to which I belong...

The indivisibility of reality suggests us ever-widening circuits of existence. Existence located in the agenytial manifestation of life, more significant than a human landscape of flows, systems and networks. The mixed medium performance addresses the challenge to manifest this complex reality through the in-depth metaphor of bees. The metaphor is regulated through three main agential types: a Queen, a drone and a worker.

Becoming the Queen is a matter of luck. The female Queen is selected early in larval development and fed a diet of royal jelly. The Queen leaves the hive once in her life for the virgin flight. She is the reproduction centre and the mother of the matriarchal hive. Without a queen, life in the hive grows chaotic.

A male drone has only one purpose in life: to mate with the Queen and pass on genetic material. Every sunny afternoon he will fly from his hive looking for action. In ways that remain mysterious, he will find his way to honey bee mating areas and will fly about this aerial pickup spot, waiting for a young queen to appear.

The two are made for each other. Dawn-to-dusk “escort” service of the flowers' little friends, the worker bees feed upon just those parts of the plants which are wholly pervaded by love. The individual bees renounce love in manifold ways and thus develop love throughout the whole hive. Female worker bees are the labourers for colony growth and maintenance.


bee matter
bee matter
bee matter
bee matter
bee matter