A live correspondence between two best friends and legendary performance artists, Katie and Sharon, about being women, mums and artists. With a sound score of chaos and songs written by women, they try to shake off and escape the shabby constructs that define them, position and police them. Observe them, like one might watch animals in the zoo, artefacts/relics in a museum. They are performing for you.
The performances of Abandon Human are structured play. What is important about the two performer/writers Katie and Sharon is that one is mid-60’s and one is mid-40’s. They have worked and played together for twenty years. They are female. They are ‘unruly women’ (behaving inappropriately especially for their age and stature). They are mothers. Katie and Sharon have daughters. It’s a woman thing. They have shared a friendship that has grown into family feelings over twenty years.
Followed by a workshop with the artists is on Saturday 12th May.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
I am a performer maker and teacher since the early 1970’s. I live in and love Amsterdam. I have worked with musicians, dancers, performance aritst’s and actors internationally for 40 years. I am a female traveling through time warps past to present day as witness and participant. Distressing events occur daily with sport metaphors defining winners and losers tucking our feelings in a pocket of our consciousness until eventually panic attach grips the spirit and anything social seems beyond reason. The human condition to feel what we see and hear is numbed, boxed away in the normal. Emotions are messy. Creativity is messy. My life my work is messy.
My name is Sharon Smith. I am a performance maker and a performer and sometimes I teach and write. I live in Berlin. I am part of the arts collective Gob Squad and have been collaborating with them since 2007. I am a feminist. I often have a sense of being unrepresented in the-real-world-out-there. Language often doesn’t serve me well, words fall short of what I think I mean. Words serve to mask what it is I am trying to say. And because/in spite of this, I write.
I am a light designer with a visual art background mainly specialised in installation, performance and light design. My installation practice lead me to lighting design, my lighting practice to directing and they keep on developing each other. I live in Berlin since 2015, I give workshops, light pieces, roll cables, climb ladders, direct dance shows, improvise with light. I find it liberating to shed new light on politically imposed topics, and gain depth of insight, and find distance from flat terminologies. I am busy re-contextualizing the subjects of my interest. Hierarchy bores me, easy fixes, common standards do too. All theories and pioneering separable from the direct influence of money and mental slavery interest me.