Friday, 23 June 2017

Performance links archive: salt drawing

salt drawing 

2013 France  LINK:
video by Becky Edmunds

 (photo credit: Ana Rita Rodrigues)

salt drawing 
 a solo performance by Fiona Wright    2004 -

a body weight measured in salt (and twice her weight as a girl)
one handful dissolved inside a skin - a close-up, uncovered
and covered, quietly now

A short solo performance (5 minutes) designed for a solo audience presented various festival contexts and sites including studio theatres, galleries, a castle and a ship’s cabin.
A short work for the audience and a long work for the performer.
(Serralves Museum for Contemporary Arts, Oporto; Bonington Gallery Nottingham 2004; Navigate festival, Baltic 2005; Gresol Art, Girona 2006).

Supported by Arts Council of England

salt drawing developed after an earlier series of short solo performances/live installations designed for a solo audience, titled:  the small stolen dances. A series of small works, drawing attention to questions of intimacy in performance, adapted for different sites and contexts; a back stage dressing room, a kitchen, a seminar room and a gallery. The performer used a compact mirror to view the audience who were invited to look at the work through opera glasses. (Inbetween Time Festival, Arnolfini; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Dia E Vento, Oporto 2001; Connecting Principle, Newcastle University 2002; Sensitive Skin, Nottingham 2003).
    This body of work was connected to …kneeling down softly/And what is something to cry about then;  a previous solo which was first performed with audience at either end of a 20 metre performance space and later for just 2 audience members as a 20 minute piece, repeated for several hours. This was the first of various pieces using mirrors and also the deadweight of 54 kg of salt, the equivalent of the performer’s own body weight. (Tramway, Glasgow; Chisenhale Dance Space, London 2001; Arnolfini, Bristol 2002).
A Tramway and Arnolfini Live co-commission.

salt drawing: close edit
camera & edit by Becky Edmunds

(photo credits: Ben Ponton & Lee Callaghan)

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