live performance, conceived by Ioana Păun (MQ AiR)

Pick the color of my tears gives each participant private access to the live performance of crying. An actress is hired to authentically cry, over and over again, embodying a different trigger each time. The viewer gets to customize her tears, according to their own desires and limits. Throughout the performance the spectator stays invisible and anonymous.

We staged this private show of tears to discover a range of human responses to the display of weakness. The incredible distance or closeness between spectator and performer is just a matter of synchronization of roles. Crying can ultimately materialize only in the presence of a voyeur, be it internal or external.


Ioana Păun is a theatre director whose work explores the ways humans behave in ferocious political, economic and health circumstances. Her work was present in institutions such as Le Phénix Scène Nationale, Theâtre les Tanneurs, Theatre Royal Stratford East, National Museum of Mexican Art, Ashtar Theatre Palestine, Schauspielhaus Wien, Onassio Centre Athens, MNAC Bucharest. 2021 marks her debut in film.

Bianca Pintea is an actress from Romania, although she doesn’t like to define herself. She has two bachelor degrees in acting and she is trained in Perdekamp Emotional Method. After all the different acting methods she used in her performances, she decided to create her own Experimental Acting Laboratory in Romania. She is continuously seeking authenticity in ways of expression. She moved in Vienna one year ago, wishing to discover new forms of art and artists.

Pick the color of my tears is the first in a series of post-pandemic anti-romantic reflections and is the result of the Ioana Păun’s residence at Q21, supported by, ERSTE Foundation and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Performed by Bianca Pintea, Conceived by Ioana Păun

@ frei_raum Q21 exhibition space,
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

20 & 21 June 2021, from 5 pm, every 20 minutes

Book your performance by emailing us at The participation is free of charge and has limited capacity, so we kindly advise you to book your place as soon as possible.

The 3G rule applies — only tested, recovered or vaccinated persons are allowed to enter.


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