UK Festival
The UK Comes to the EV

With support from the British Council, Performance Space 122 brings 3 companies across the pond for a taste of the UK’s hottest contemporary performance experiences.”Each of these 3 companies represent different generations of English performance and all exemplify the very essence of live art.”
– Vallejo Gantner, PS122 Artistic Director


Action Hero – Watch Me Fall

June 1 – 2, 2011

“An ecstatic atmosphere.” – Metro

We’re going over a barrel, hitting the ramp at 90mph and clearing 10 double-decker buses, and we’re not stopping until every last sonofabitch in the place is cheering us on.

Drawing on footage of Evel Knievel jumps, interviews with Niagara Falls daredevils, the speeches of American presidents and transcripts from Chuck Yeager’s supersonic flights, Watch Me Fall questions the obsession with those who attempt the impossible, the futility of their attempts and their inevitable fall from grace. With language taken from Mexican wrestling matches, drag races, 100,000 seater stadiums, human cannonballs and daredevil stunts, it is both an epic and intimate piece that explores the relationship between audience and event, the nature of risk and the complicity of the audience in increasingly violent and questionable acts in the name of entertainment.


Curious – The Moment I Saw You I Knew I Could Love You

June 4 – 5, 2011

4 STARS: “Film and live performance, soundscape and installation combine in this love story to offer glimpses of an endless horizon as well as intimate close-ups… There is something immensely wistful about a piece that demonstrates that we are merely chemical compounds, and yet also shows us how to discover equilibrium.” – The Guardian

This is how I dream it. This is how it feels. And I am not a sailor. I cannot steer a craft. I cannot tie a reef knot. I cannot swim. But still this is how it ends. I am out here with the lost mariners, the castaways, the ship wrecked and the sea swallowed.

Designed for life-raft sized groups of audience members, “The Moment I Saw You…” plunges at your gut feelings, your fight/flight and freeze reactions, your impulses, love and undefended moments.


Helen Cole – We See Fireworks

June 4 – 11, 2011

An installation and a performance archive of audience voices, We See Fireworks is a curated collection of memories of past performances or performative moments whispered softly into the darkness. They talk of religious ceremonies, accidents, lovers’ meetings, loss, homesickness, adolescence, fairgrounds, car parks, fetish clubs and school halls. Articulated by strangers, these words are viral, searing into the consciousness, until the deepest memories become yours.


The installation is open Saturday, June 4 – Saturday, June 11, 2011
From the hours of
2 – 9pm on Saturday / Sunday
4:30 – 9pm Tuesday – Friday

The installation is closed on Monday, June 6, 2011

If you would like to add your voice to this growing collection,
opportunities for individual recordings are available June 4, 5, 7, 8, 2011
between 4:30 – 6:30pm & 7 – 9pm.

Your ticket is valid for the entire day, but please note that entry is based on a first come first served basis.
Free, reservations required.

Produced by Inbetween Time Productions. Funded by Arts Council England. Commissioned by New Theatre Architects. Technical Consultation and production Alex Bradley.


Long Table on Live Art vs Performance Art. UK vs America. A Special or Essential Relationship. Discuss.
Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2pm

The Long Table is an experimental public forum originally developed by performance artist Lois Weaver. The Long Table experiments with participation and public engagement by re-appropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum, and encouraging informal conversations on serious topics. It is literally a very long table set up with chairs, microphones and refreshments where anyone and everyone is welcome to come to the table, ask questions, make statements, leave comments, or simply sit, listen and watch.

Lois Weaver is a lecturer in Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University London. Her work included live art, solo performances, feminist and lesbian theatre, performance and human rights. She is founding member of splitbritches with Peggy Shaw. www.splitbritches.com.

Watch Me Fall
Wednesday, June 1 – Thursday, June 2, 2011
8PM
$20, $15 (students / seniors)


The Moment I Saw You I Knew I Could Love You

Saturday, June 4 – Sunday, June 5, 2011
5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45PM
$20, $15 (students / seniors)

We See Fireworks

Saturday June 4 – Saturday June 11, 2011
Free, reservations required

Long Table Discussion
Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2pm
Free and open to the public.

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