This Lunchtime Talk will be broadcast live on Watershed's YouTube channel.
Before the pandemic, Sleight of Hand had plans to R&D a new piece of experimental theatre at Warwick Arts Centre on the life and works of Ana Mendieta: the brilliant 1970s Cuban-American artist who created provocative work drawing on nature and the elements, utilising her own body, natural materials, as well as photography and film as an integral part of her practice. Her work simultaneously spoke to the past while being pioneering, and confronted ideas about violence, the female body, exile, primality, and ritual. Her creation of art outside traditional venues and her use of film/photography now seem extra relevant in regards to current dilemmas around how to continue to create meaningful collective artistic experiences without physical access to traditional theatre/arts venues: and with Future Themes funding the company are now researching via interdisciplinary labs - and via the repurposing of this project - what the future of theatre could emerge as in the wake of the pandemic.
In this talk, members of the project team consider worries about the future of theatre and performance, centring discussion around the value of breaking down genres and artistic boundaries in pursuing new ways of making work, and the value of technologies and of live bodily experiences in real space. They will ask not only what is possible to make in the near future but also how the situation might reveal exciting new ways of working.
Join us on Fri 11th December, 13:00-14:00 for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards.