So Below / Being Together
Part of TwoFold: a festival of duet performance
Thursday 9 March, 2017, 7-9:30pm | Tickets: £12 / £8
*Discussion with all the artists at the end of the evening
a duet by Gerard Bell & Karen Christopher
Through an interplay of lightness and gravity two performers learn the dance steps but fail to determine the distance, tidy the graves but fail to stop the leaks. Combining composed and appropriated movement with spoken word, and focussing on the texture and sound of materials, the performance strives to express the completeness of a single moment, with only a stutter holding it in place. So Below is an exploration of the failure to recover, of paralysis in the face of uncertainty, and the attempt to make it across the room without touching the floor.
The creation of So Below was supported by Chelsea Theatre’s Associate Artist scheme. It premiered in 2012, and toured in 2012-13. So Below forms part of The Difference Between Home and Poem: a duet series. Each project in the series is jointly made, directed and performed by Karen Christopher and another artist.
a duet by R Justin Hunt & Johanna Linsley
Justin Hunt and Johanna Linsley are a pair of performance researchers and producers. In their “Alienating Practices” performance/lecture series they form a duet who enable responsive action to performative events by interrogating their own pair structure. For TWOFOLD, Hunt and Linsley offer a two-voiced performance lecture on “being together.” Being together might index an audience and performer’s relationship, or collaborators, or the pilot and crew, or your family and you, probably definitely the chef and your plate and at least one of your lovers (and your memories of them), but probably not much about Noah and his floating two-by-two zoo. You’re with me and you notice my noticing that I’m with you and then we do the things that need to be done.
Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. Her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is engaged in the dynamics of collaboration. Her practice includes listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet. She was a member of the Chicago-based performance group Goat Island for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009.
Gerard Bell works in conventional and experimental performance (theatre, film, video, dance and installation work) in Europe and the UK. He has worked with Graeme Miller, David Gale, Athina Vahla, Lucy Cash, Adam Roberts, Stan’s Cafe, Nic Conibere and Ira Brand among others. He makes his own solo pieces occasionally.
R. Justin Hunt is a performer, producer and lecturer based in London. He is one-third of I’m With You a performance producing collaborative. He is one-half of the Haus of Husbands which runs the international touring salon Naked Boys Reading. He is more well known as his other half, Dr Sharon Husbands, everyone’s favourite know-it-all drag queen. In other fractions he is Executive Producer of Chisenhale Dance Space, Adjunct Professor of Sexuality Studies at Syracuse University, London and a Trustee of the Raze Collective.
Johanna Linsley is an artist and researcher who works around performance, language, voice and the document. Her ongoing project with collaborator Rebecca Louise Collins, Stolen Voices, investigates eavesdropping as a performance methodology. She is a co-founder of the London-based performance/producing collective I’m With You, and a founding partner of UnionDocs, a centre for documentary arts in Brooklyn, New York.
Photo Credits: So Below – Adam Levy / Being Together – Patrick Porter