Strange Pearls / Holding OPEN

Performance Lectures
Part of TwoFold: a festival of duet performance
Saturday 18 March, 3-4:30pm, Tickets £5

Strange Pearls
a performative lecture by Karen Christopher & Chris Goode

This project grew out of a residency of open studio days at the University of Roehampton. Following the residency the most fertile part of our report described the effect of being watched while attempting to explore ideas to generate performance material in open rehearsals. The lecture material responding to the experience of working under the observation of students, along with a few choice fragments of performative material, makes an offering with a bit of insight into a few of the mechanisms of studio work (otherwise known as practice-based research).

Holding OPEN, part 2
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: 

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.

Chris Goode
is a writer and maker for theatre and performance across a variety of forms and contexts. Since 2011, he has been lead artist of Chris Goode and Company, principally focused on ensemble-based collaborative and participatory processes, and on formally innovative but accessible approaches to documentary and storytelling. Recent projects include: Keep Breathing (Theatre Royal Plymouth), GOD/HEAD (Ovalhouse, London), Men in the Cities (Royal Court Theatre) and the award-winning Monkey Bars (Unicorn Theatre, London).

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.