Playing with the Wrong Toys
Small Spaces Commission awardee Hester Chillingworth completes her residency with Chisenhale Dance Space with an afternoon and evening of events exploring childishness, gender and performance – all aspects of the research she undertook to create her new performance SHORTY.
is a solo performance which looks at the position of the non-binary child, the relationship with the mind when the body is compromised and possible relationships between gender and dance. For Shorty, Hester created a deconstructed drag-child which frays at the edges and falls apart the more free it becomes – bringing the idea of the temporariness of childhood and its fluidity to the fore of the work.
This workshop will explore how childishness, mischief and confusion can be put to use in performance making. Hester will draw on work with GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN and the recent process of making Shorty to explore with the group some practical ways in which we can harness failure, being inappropriate and struggling to articulate things as key points of access and material generation when creating performance work. The workshop will also look at how expectations and readings of gender can be engaged with to inform, frame and find useful subversion in performance.
Chillingworth curates an evening of performance and discussion on childishness and gender.
The event will include:
I Love Both The Most by Reggie Roberts
Making Grown Up by Matthew Evans
A Little Respect by Shorty and Reggie Roberts
Gendersaurus Rex: some words from Eilidh Macaskill, read by a child
Childishness in Performance: Cathy Naden and Hester Chillingworth in conversation.
About all artists involved:
is the Artistic Director of GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN performance company, whose work tours nationally and internationally. Hester is also assistant to Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment, and is a freelance director. Recent project collaborators include Marc Almond, Mark Ravenhill, Elmgreen & Dragset, Eva Weinmayr and drag performance legend Bette Bourne. Hester is an Associate Artist at Firstsite contemporary art gallery in Colchester, working primarily with 15-25 year olds on bringing performance into galleries. Hester is an Acting Teacher at Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department, working with students aged 13-18, and has taught at East 15 Acting School, LAMDA, Oxford School of Drama, Birmingham School of Acting and several UK universities.
is a founding member of internationally renowned performance company Forced Entertainment.
Eilidh Macaskill is a Glasgow-based live artist and creating original performances for children and adults. She is artistic director of Fish And Game. Current projects include STUD, a solo show touching on masculinity, Freud, DIY and horses, and The Polar Bears Go Up!, a fun adventure for under 5s.
Reggie Roberts is a 9 year old performance maker and dancer from Colchester. Reggie has worked with Rosana Cade (Walking: Holding), Buzzcut (Let England Shake), Scottee (Fraff) and Miss High Leg Kick (Audition Project). He recently won the silver plate for novices at the Colchester Roundtable Festival.
runs Gameshow with Matt Ryan. Gameshow creates theatre and performance projects across the UK, most recently Grown Up at Camden People’s Theatre (CPT), a participatory dialogue between adults and children which won the People’s Theatre Award. Gameshow is currently touring Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear, a show exploring how people of different genders relate to each other. @GameshowTheatre