I HAD TOO MUCH COFFEE is a video work from 2002 with the late choreographer and dancer Ismael Ivo, set to a piano composition by PC Nackt. Schmerberg initially met Ivo in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 when the latter was visiting the great ballerina and choreographer Marcia Haydée the set of Schmerberg’s film POEM. Having long felt inspired by the Brazilian dancer’s emblematic work, Schmerberg dreamt of a filmic collaboration. Questioning the economics of coffee and its colonial origins, I HAD TOO MUCH COFFEE is the first of several works the two artists created together and a captivating example of Ivo’s intuitive abilities to improvise.
A powerful play on the consumption of coffee and its connotations.