What is it? (Looking at Robyn and Margaret’s Salon)

So far the critical response to my loosely gendered experiments have been pretty accurate, “Stop thinking you’re fooling us and show us something.” I think the question resonating at the moment is how the aggression and frustration can become manifest. And why? I’m not sure what or who I’m angry at, and that is not the point. Perhaps the difficulty of the work is that it suffers three-fold: Two artists try to find their feet in a dance that they have little experience of; An angry and frustrated forty-year-old tries to convince others of a spectral world that he scarcely believes himself; the audience for any spectacle bring so much interference with them they refuse and are not encouraged to look or think (or be confronted or moved).

It is fair to say that at the moment there are only a handful of actual audience members, mainly Robyn and Margaret themselves. This is OK by both of us, but the relationship must spread, or be given the opportunity to spread by an approach. We have both felt that the strongest performances so far, have been those shared with the audience; performances where the struts and gaps are on display and allow the audience room to settle within.

Categories: Written

Created: 16th February 2018
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Performance Workshop #3 – Thomas Wells

Categories: Performance Workshops

Created: 29th January 2018
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Performance Workshop #2 – Noisy Workshop

Categories: Performance Workshops

Created: 29th January 2018
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Performance Workshop #1 – Game Show

Categories: Performance Workshops

Created: 29th January 2018
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Salon Magazine #1

 

Categories: Invisible Salon (Jan 2018)

Created: 27th January 2018
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Invisible Salon

Who will you never be?

The Invisible Salon is a place to think about the people you will never be, the answers you will never have, and the dreams you will never fulfil.

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Setting yourself up to fail

Finding the limits of your ability

Dreaming

Singing about the life you didn’t have

Fucking as the person you weren’t

Being haunted by the never-lived

Categories: Invisible Salon (Jan 2018)

Created: 24th January 2018
Edited: 27th January 2018

Chelsea Cabaret – About

Chelsea Cabaret was our first opportunity to stick a lot of things together, on our own terms, and see what worked. We wanted to enjoy it, and for everyone we liked to enjoy it too. The word queer was bandied about freely, and we felt we had begun the process of forming a dialogue with our allies. Securing the support of Rubyyy Jones and Lavinia Co-op on reduced fees showed the faith people had in the project, and, on the whole, we walked away feeling pretty good about it. Social-media time is dense time, many leaves of a book flipping at great speed. It is easy to think that cabaret has been in the ascendency for ages, and that we were offering something conventional. But the familiarity of Chelsea Cabaret didn’t fool us. We knew the work we’d put into it to make it seem light, and that the development we were experiencing was the way of practicing together in relation to performance as a critical dialogue. Critical of expectations (subversive queering), critical of our own practice (labouring too much or overthinking), and critical of a socio-political context (the too-broadly-labelled queer scene, bleugh).

The bits that mattered to us most about Chelsea Cabaret as a work, were the details intended to please us. The bar running as a performance of its own, the banning of recording devices, the use of an awkward institutional space, and the invite of Dr. Owen Parry to un-contextualise the event (we effectively paid him to get drunk and lend us his title); all these and more developed from a growing idea of sabotage as a tool.

The cabaret offered us a progression of former work by instilling a simple and lofty mantra: If we’re not having fun, we shouldn’t be doing it. This was obviously not a straight directive, and continues to challenge each project after. How do you have fun, when each project is imbued with stress, precarity and a potential for failure?

Categories: Chelsea Cabaret (May 2017)

Created: 23rd January 2018
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No Poster for Chelsea Cabaret

Categories: Chelsea Cabaret (May 2017)

Created: 23rd January 2018
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Séance. 22nd December 2017

Robyn & Margaret with: Tim Byford, Russ23 & The Twins (AKA Alex & Lloyd)

With thanks to Joe at The Haggerston, and our spiritual assistants…

Categories: Séance (Dec 2017)

Created: 23rd January 2018
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No Poster for Game Show

Categories: Game Show (Oct 2017)

Created: 23rd January 2018
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