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TF2016 Day 3 - Evening

  • Descartes Gallery & Theatre Utopia 1 Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street Croydon, CR0 1FF UK (map)

Day 3 - Evening.

Anne Bean - 5 Duets with Strangers

Featuring five strangers, some of which may be very familiar to you!  Anne Bean has requested Tempting Failure to programme five artists, unknown to her in advance to perform in the moment without any preparation.  Duets with 5 Strangers is another strategy towards incising biopsies of consciousness, as Anne Bean continues to live work, to work live. 

Alicia Radage - Extension Off Land

9 yarns of wool extending from an arsehole and a metal spike balancing above a head. Attached to the end of each piece of wool is a small mirror. Extension: Off Land exists in the body's ability to host and birth whilst fighting against its actuality. With the knowledge that the cycles of what enter and exit the body are predetermined the work explores the elements of control within this as well as imaginaries of other trajectories.

Bristol Biennial Nominee.  Photo Credit: Marco Berardi.

Nicola Hunter - Lost Bodies

Her body transpired into the darkness that day. Her last breath grew wings: pulling the soul from beneath her bones to the next life. Grief births a visceral journey, which swells and tears the skin, spitting you out onto barren lands. There was death and it took me with it. ‘Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. The wildish nature comes to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped' (Clarissa Pinkola Estes). 

This new performance is the first few breaths of a new life, with a new voice, in new flesh. In ‘Lost Bodies’- artist Nicola Hunter (formerly Canavan) will be celebrating loss as a strengthening process, a metamorphosis and a return to the wild.

Natalie Raven & Dagmar Schwitzgebel - Sackcloth & Ashes

The elders of Daughter Zion

sit on the ground in silence;

they have sprinkled dust on their heads

and put on sackcloth.

The virgins of Jerusalem

have bowed their heads to the ground. - Lamentations, 2:10

Acts of repentance

for Our sins;

the sins of Our flesh.

In the name of the father

Our men. - Church of Performance, 1:1

Sackcloth and Ashes explores the complex relationship between religious ideology and the female body. It attempts to re-frame female lived experience, presenting emancipation through acts of strength, poise, compassion, and tenderness. Photo Credit: Dagmar Schwitzgebel

Becky O'Brien - Hera

This body based work explores the history of the female form in art, paying particular focus to Greek sculpture and the hero status associated with the nude form.

Mentored by Poppy Jackson



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