Featherweight / Holding OPEN

Performance Lectures
Part of TwoFold: a festival of duet performance
Saturday 11 March, 3-4:30pm, Tickets £5 


a performative lecture by Karen Christopher & Lucy Cash

This project grew out of a residency of open studio days at the University of Roehampton, looking at materials involving dependency and empathy, including the carrying of one on the back of another, performed for pleasure or rescue. “And we tell ourselves this: By holding up a performance which releases thought when they look at it, activate the audience to release meaning. Make a performance which suggests a constellation the viewer wishes to name.” Lucy and Karen have developed a performance lecture reflecting the thematic concerns of their residency.

Holding OPEN, part 1
a presentation by Karen Christopher & Rajni Shah

Holding OPEN is a private collaboration, from which both workshops and public presentations have been shared. Karen and Rajni met regularly across four years, at home or in public spaces. Holding OPEN is a practice of sitting in silence together for a timed period (usually 50 minutes) followed by a timed writing session. Karen will present elements of Holding OPEN with remote participation from Rajni (now in Australia).


Performer Biographies:

Rajni Shah’s work as an artist leans across disciplines, countries and thought structures. She is a quiet voice of change, creating and curating visually engaging performances, interventions and writings. From 2005-12, her work included a trilogy of works exploring moments of cultural identity and alienation: “Mr Quiver” (2005-08), “Dinner with America” (2007-09), and “Glorious” (2009-12). From 2013-16, she has been working towards a practice-based PhD at Lancaster University.

Lucy Cash is an artist and moving-image maker with an expanded sense of choreography. From 2005 – 09 she was an associate member of Goat Island Performance Group, making four moving image works with the company. Her moving image work has been shown on television (Ch4, Filmfour, BBC4 and BBC2) and internationally in both galleries and at film festivals. In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship from South East Dance. 2012 – 2013 Lucy was artist in residence for Whitechapel Gallery and in 2014 she was the first research artist at The Foundling Museum.

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.