Fiver Fridays: Triple bill curated by Danai Pappa

Triple bill curated by Danai Pappa.

Works by Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi, anthologyofamess, Danai Pappa & Neal Spowage

25 May 2018 | 7:30PM | £5 (ticket link below)


Three works connecting people, trees and space: Maria da Luz explores motherhood; Mariana, Antonio, Petra and Robert (aka anthologyofamess) distill environments through action, alongside Danai & Neal playing with electromagnetic fields.

A Tree Without Leaves
by Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi

In Chad, there is a proverb, which says “A tree without leaves is like a woman without children”. My mother’s mother had 20 children. My mother lost 3. And now there’s me. This is a danced response to stories that come from Maria da Luz’ family. Using dance, drawing and singing to test the meaning of womanhood in contemporary society, this solo looks at the connection between a woman’s physical body and her inner self.

Ariel Ariel
by Danai Pappa & Neal Spowage

Ariel Ariel is a duet based on the use of two sculptural handmade instruments. The piece is a comment on personal space, disturbance and the disruption of human connections within post-digital culture. The instruments are analogue, junk, electronic noise sculptures. Their sound is sensitive to alternation from the electromagnetic fields generated by all technologies in the room. One dancer and one musician, both on stage, explore interdisciplinary understanding by shared experience and cross into one another’s areas of expertise.

All These Environments in Which We Have Existed for a Hundred and Fifty Years
by anthologyofamess

P: These environments in which we’ve existed…
M: Calor humano; sangre latino, coño! We are the landscape, we are… we are the mountains; we are the hills, the waterfalls, the coral reefs.
P: We are the dirty rocks and coral reefs, and the plastic polluted sea and the oily landfills. Now bring it in, calor humano.
A: Repeat, so I can write it.
P: Tremble, trembling…
A: Like a desert… think of ice-cream scoops. We are sweet-salty, we are scoops and we are soft. And that is because we think of the dunes, we can be dunes, we are dunes.
P: Maybe we are a hundred-year-old all of us together. Maybe more.

Photo credit: Three Blokes Productions


Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a dancer, choreographer and educator working through multidisciplinary techniques from around the world to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She was in the original cast of The Lion King, has worked widely as as Movement Director. As Associate Artist with Spare Tyre she mentors and performs with adults with learning disabilities. She has recently performed for The London College of Fashion with Peta Lily and Jen Irons, choreographer Jacky Lansley, visual artists Anthea Hamilton, Leonor Serrano Rivas and composer Dorothy Lee and Joan Jonas Tate Live Exhibition 2018.

Danai Pappa is a dancer and choreographer. Her practice is influenced by her intense studies in the Humanities. Her work can include dance, dance theatre and site specific performances. She has performed in opera productions and has worked with artist such as Rosemary Lee, Joan Jonas, Peta Lily and Gregor Weber. She is a founding member of Agony Art and also works as a pilates and movement teacher. | Neal Spowage is an artist and associate of the SOMA project, Dirty Electronics Ensemble, DAP-LAB and De Montfort University Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, who designs and builds Junk Electronic Noise Sculptures then composes and performs with them across disciplines. | Danai and Neal have collaborated since 2011. They have developed three duets in which they create images using movement, sound and noise. They have performed in festivals and music conferences across the UK.

anthologyofamess is the home for performance activities and events in various and fluid forms initiated by Mariana Camiloti, Antonio de la Fe, Petra Söör, Manou Koreman and Robert Vesty. anthologyofamess is a project that could be seen both as a framework and as a looking glass zooming in on experience, transformation, patterns, performance-making and the present. An anthology, a collection of events that are continuously evolving with the word ‘mess’ referring to the non-tamable nature of dance and performance.