Generational battlegrounds. Class war. High ideals, dirty money, and never enough of the latter. From the birth of mechanical reproduction in 1457 to the death of the gold standard in 1973, the Poetry of Power is an experiment in staging modernity. Performed by Anne Tismer and Paula Kober with music by Sir Henry. Written and directed by Sam Williams. Roter Salon, Volksbühne, Berlin, 2018.
What happens when the global systems that we once thought permanent break down? And what does it mean for cultural production in the 21st Century? An interactive performance designed with Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (2015), presents a simulation of global system failure. Roter Salon, Volksbühne, Berlin, 2017, 2018
“If we are to remember, we must take things down. Record." Can truth be recorded? An archivist investigates. Women, contemporary and ancient, prisoners, mystics and storytellers arrive to testify? But are they telling the truth? Or do their stories represent another type of myth? Who is recording? And why? UNMASKED uses cultural and historical crosscurrents of magic and myth, history and violence to disclose something of contemporary experience through Finnish national epic, The Kalevala. MORE.
Performed at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2013
Drawing on encounter, verbatim and found material, philosophy, and myth, this performance analyses the mediatized relationships between human bodies online and in performance, and between women’s bodies and commodity exchange.
The performer executes three composite characters - the ferryman/janitor, Aletheia/the mediator, and the camera/girl. Video feeds of audience and performer are projected onto the middle of three screens throughout the performance. Each screen is 'home' to one of the characters and their belongings, cast off during the performance.
ORIGIN is based on ancient rituals of encircling objects and bodies with cord, electromagnetism, and Japanese bondage. It considers how performance can create a ‘ritual field’, like an electromagnet amplifying a magnetic field using electric current. It inhabits a tension between spiritual and political realities, questioning what it is to be an individual. What might it mean to testify experience differently? What might be achieved by surrendering our 'selves'? Performed at BuildingBloqs (London, 2013)
Pavillion, Volksbühne, Berlin (2010)
Die Auspeitschung was a performance installation commissioned for the Volksbühne Pavillion at the memorial for Christoph Schlingensief.
“Just as meaning and sorrow are manifested in different eras as different feelings every person must encounter in their own way, so too are punishment, mourning and salvation. Visitors from the future can cut themselves into the video, and so travel back in time to take part.”