As part of Jamboree 2018, happening at Dartington, Devon at the end of June, I will run a ‘communal making’ session titled Telling Time. Jamboree is devised & curated by LOW PROFILE. The session is listed in the Jamboree programme as:
‘Telling time’ is a making session where a group of up to 15 people will work with our words and voices to construct a story of how we are, where we are, when we are. No special vocal skills are needed, just a sense of your h/story, and how you might tell it. We will do some voice games, and work in pairs and as a group to create fragments of narrative. Having built a score, we will present a short speech-choir performance. Pens, paper and encouragement will be provided.
I have made a set of participant workbooks which we will use to structure the session, to fill in with our ideas and material for our score, and to take away as a reminder of the event. The workbook includes quotations from Karen Barad, Jack Halberstam, Walter Benjamin, Trinh T. Minh-ha and others. There are sections titled ‘extra time’, ‘queer time’ and ‘doing time’ among others.
On Saturday June 23rd 2018 I took part in the premiere of Rosanna Irvine’s Breath Pieces at Tramway, Glasgow. We had been working together on a section over the previous months, ‘material and transitions’ a vocal sound piece or ‘duet’. Irvine had also worked with three other dancer-performers on other sections of the work. The company of five spent a week working in the space at Tramway to develop the live event, which combined drawing, speech, breath, dance, movement, actions and blowing bubbles and deflating balloons. We had an attentive and supporting audience for the first public showing, and I look forward to touring the work to other venues in the future. More details of the project and the ideas we were working with can be found at the Breath Pieces website.
On Friday May 18th I will present ‘threaded insert’ at the symposium, Projectivisms: way-making the contemporary projective. Organised by Wanda O’Connor, the programme includes performances, papers, workshops and readings.
The structural inheritance of the projective has given way to new experiments of shape, juxtaposition and as yet unnamed forces. What now eclipses or brings forward this important formal work?
Events take place at Cardiff University’s Glamorgan Building and are open to the public.
Over the past few weeks I have been meeting with Rosanna Irvine to develop an element for the performance project Breath Pieces. This aspect of the project will premiere at Tramway in Glasgow on Saturday 23rd June.
Breath Pieces draws on Eastern breath practices – including martial arts and yoga – to investigate the material and energetic qualities of breath. Conceived as an expanded choreographic project, it operates across art forms in the creation of multiple pieces. In each piece the actuality of the breathing breath is the driving force for the visceral emerging of kinetic, sonic and visual imagery. The event at Tramway brings together many of the pieces in an immersive performance experience. Each piece is distinct though at times overlapping or interacting with other pieces. Audience is mobile. Breath is everywhere.
The work is part of an ongoing research project Breath Pieces by Rosanna Irvine.
More information and booking via the Tramway website
‘threaded insert’ on Sun 24th September at Plymouth Athenaeum
I will perform a new work, ‘threaded insert’ as part of a group project Tears in Rain for Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 at Plymouth Athenaeum, on Sunday 24th September. Tears in Rain is a day-long event bringing together a range of practices by artists whose work uses live or performance elements, alongside participation, moving image and installation. The programme mixes durational and installed work with timed events and actions, and the Athenaeum Auditorium shapes and influences the work. The project includes new works and works adapted to suit this particular context with actions happening throughout the space, projections, a lecture, one-to-one interaction and improvised responses to the site. The artists in Tears in Rain are: Mo Bottomley / Katrina Brown / Mark Leahy / Steven Paige / Marcy Saude / Minou Tsambika
In ‘threaded insert’ I receive via headphones a series of instructions, for orientation, movement, speech, and other actions including spelling words, randomly selected from a database of short audio files. The content derives from guides and instructions for ‘proper’ speech, rules for social and public behaviour, and control or modification of the body. I will perform the work three times over the course of the event, starting from a different point in the building each time, mapping a different course and telling a different tale in response to the received instructions. The score is applicable to any site or any building, but is also specific in the spoken responses and movements it generates; ‘threaded insert’ could be anywhere, but when I am performing in the Athenaeum, the work will also bring attention to qualities and features of that particular space.