I am looking for four performers to take part in a durational participatory performance at Sheffield Hallam University’s new Performance Lab (located in the centre of Sheffield) on the evening of Wednesday 7th February.
The performance lasts for a total of three hours and involves the performers working in pairs (and mostly in silence) to measure each other’s body parts. The measurements are then used as a radius for circles that are drawn out on the floor of the space. There will be four pairs in total.
Prior to the performance, each performer will be asked to submit three pieces of music that are suitable for a group of people to dance to (together or individually). The pieces of music chosen are personal to the individual performer (perhaps a traditional dance performed in a particular geographic area, or something typical of a specific cultural social event, or something special to the performer’s history, or just their current favourite song to move to). These can include any genre.
Throughout the performance, any of the performers can – at any time – stop what they are doing and put on one of the pieces of music (theirs or someone else’s). At this point all the performers stop drawing circles and begin to dance - with each other and with the audience. Once the song has finished playing, the performers return to making circles until the next piece of music comes on, and so on.
Form Work is a set of performance instructions that developed from my experiences with the SkatePal charity. In particular the building of skateboarding ramps at a site in the West Bank of Palestine and the social forum that our building site became.
The performance will include a booklet that details the instructions, the origins and development of the idea for Form Work, and a page for each performer, which will include two main things (approx. 500 words total):
- A description (written by the performer) of their body’s heritage
- An explanation of the three songs each performer has chosen and why they have submitted them to the work
Each performer would be needed for the following dates and times:
Wed 24th Jan 4.30 – 6pm (meeting and workshop)
Wed 31st Jan 2-4pm (practice)
Wed 7th Feb 2-9pm (performance)
The main skills required of each performer are:
- Attention to a specific task and awareness of the activity happening around the room
- Ability to commit to limited verbal communication for the duration of the event and to find other ways of communicating
- Ability to time appropriate moments for musical interludes
- Sharp social awareness (of audience, and other performers)
- Ability to improvise movement
- Ability to endure three hours of activity
There Is, unfortunately, no payment. The work does offer some stimulating and thought-provoking processes, and opportunities for discussion, particularly for any performers interested in site, movement, and instruction-based performance making.
Please get in touch if you're interested and tell me about yourself: firstname.lastname@example.org