Fractured and Entangled: Sunday Supplement on November 21, 2021, saw the launch of two related projects following on from the premiere of Always Already by Karen Christopher and Tara Fatehi Irani.
1. Fractured Seeds in Hearts of Machine
A series of short videos directed by Jemima Yong.
Using performance material from Always Already, reconfigured for the camera, these videos are meditations on selected moments from the project, and are designed to be viewed individually or as a collection. Always Already premiered via live stream on 3 June 2021, presented by Dance4 and Birmingham International Dance Festival.
Fractured Seeds in Hearts of Machine, watch a compilation of the six videos:
2. Entanglements of Two: A Series of Duets
A book edited by Karen Christopher and Mary Paterson.
Drawing out the particularities of working in twos, with a focus on collaborative performance making, this book considers the duet as a particular configuration in which to think, the duo a microcosm of humankind, and presents everyday entanglement of form and practice seen through the lens of the smallest multiple unit. Published by Intellect Books.
Entanglements of Two is available online from Intellect Books.
Contributions were delivered at Fractured and Entangled: Sunday Supplement on November 21, 2021, from:
Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. Her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is engaged in creating duet performances.
She was a member of Chicago-based, Goat Island performance group for 20 years until they disbanded in 2009. Karen’s work includes a search for points of intersection and combinations that surprise and awaken the mind, affording shifts of understanding and awareness through the community of the performance event.
She’s listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet.
Tara Fatehi Irani
Tara Fatehi Irani is an artist, performer and writer.
Her work is primarily concerned with the ephemeral interactions between memories, words, bodies and sites. She works with performance, text, voice, video, photography, mistranslation, site-specificity and historical inaccuracies.
Her year long daily series of photographs and dances in public space Mishandled Archive is published as a book by Live Art Development Agency (2020).
Mary Paterson is a writer who works across text, visual art and performance, and preferably in collaboration with other people.
Alongside Maddy Costa and Diana Damian Martin, she runs Something Other and The Department of Feminist Conversations, two inter-related projects that bring together politics, performance and critical thinking.
Recent publications include Imagination and Potential (Live Art Development Agency, 2016), Joshua Sofaer: Performance | Objects | Participation (co-edited with Roberta Mock; Intellect Books and the Live Art Development Agency, 2020) and Challenging Archives (co-authored with Maddy Costa; University of Bristol, 2020).
David Williams has made, taught and written about contemporary performance in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia since the 1980s.
As well as teaching for many years at Dartington College of Arts and Royal Holloway University of London, as a dramaturg, he has collaborated with practitioners including Lone Twin, Jane Mason and Action Hero. Recent projects include the duet Night Flying, devised and performed with Jane Mason.
Eirini Kartsaki is a writer, performance maker and lecturer in East15 Acting School, University of Essex. She is the author of Repetition in Performance: Returns and Invisible Forces (Palgrave, 2017) and the editor of On Repetition: Performance, Writing and Art (Intellect, 2016).
Read more about Eirini’s research here.
A writer and lecturer whose recent work has been concerned with questions of repetition and attention. He has been teaching at University of Roehampton since 1993 and a professor of theatre and performance since 2007.
His research interests are largely in contemporary theatre and performance. A central concern of his work has been with structures of theatrical persuasion and spectatorship, both within and beyond the professional theatre, which led to the book The Illuminated Theatre: Studies on the Suffering of Images (Routledge 2014).
Jemima Yong (she/they) is a performance maker and photographer. She is Sarawakian, born in Singapore, and has developed her artistic practice in London (UK) where she is currently based.
Collaboration and experimentation are essential parts of her process. Recent video works include Fractured Seeds in Hearts of Machine made with Karen Christopher and Tara Fatehi Irani; Sudden Movements made with Joseph Mercier and Field made with a bursary from GRAIN Projects and acquired by the Museum of London. Recent performance work includes Marathon which Jemima made as part of JAMS. Marathon received the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award in 2018 and was presented at the Barbican Centre.
Landsacape header image by Jemima Yong.