Something Human and Little Wolf Parade curated performances
Saturday 12th November, full programme here
CCLAP (Cross-Cultural Live Art Project) 2016 is a performance series of outdoor and indoor performances curated by Something Human in partnership with Little Wolf Parade.
Artists: Sarah Todino, Orinta Pranaityte, whatsthebigmistry, Melissa Thomas, Rachael Young
Little Wolf Parade produces art events. The events are an immersive, multilayered, multi-arts-embracing Live Art venture. Little Wolf Parade seeks to champion the future of Live Art and Performance Art. Little Wolf Parade launched in 2012 and has supported over 200 artists who make live/performance art and challenging to define practice. Little Wolf Parade appropriates new spaces outside the traditional art spaces, transforming them into an environment for creativity. Artists of all levels and disciplines are entwined alongside one another, to form a journey of discovery for each audience member. Little Wolf Parade makes viewing temporary artwork a more active experience. Audience members are not passive when observing our delights. Without realising, they are already a part of the Art Work – just by being present with us. LWP create spaces where the boundaries blur, where Artists and audience are brought together explored and celebrated. We experiment, evolve and question. Lets explore the beautiful the ugly and the sublime. Lets create a new adventure. Lick the glitter from your wounds… And come join in the parade.
Photo credit: Duncan Graves
Sarah Todino “The Coronation”
Otherness is a toxic construct. Us and them, them vs. us. ‘They’ aren’t like you and I. Someone is cast as inferior. ‘The Coronation’ is a piece which reflects on this crisis of division and inequality, and subverts it. Historically the French aristocracy of the 1700s would rouge their cheeks, men women and children alike, as a symbol to set themselves apart from the common folk. Public viewings were routinely held of Marie Antoinette’s performing of her complex daily beauty routine, so ladies could learn to rouge just like the queen. Sarah Todino performs a mock re-enactment of this spectacle, rouging her cheeks a violent pink and powdering her hair with flour. The flour is applied to the hairline, the flour which could have been bread. The flour is stacked high, never quite enough; the performer is buried by excess. She is morphed by her need for otherness, become creature, made grotesque. Come help her don her crown of flour.
Sarah Todino is a Nottingham born artist working with performance and live experience. Her practice explores the tensions between beauty and horror through a female lens, and examines themes of femininity and transformation. Sarah’s work incorporates various levels of interaction, offering in some cases quite intimate personalised experiences, which freely adapt to environments and participants.
Photo credit: James Woolley
Orinta Pranaityte “Finding Place Within Displacement”
Marking the (Urban) Territory: Marking the ground and buildings. I create a line and I reach to the point of boundary. A new line will be made, all extending outwards from the brick. The brick is my metaphor of displacement of home and belonging, shared connections and multiple interactions. Revisiting the roots of our history and going back to the feel of being close to the end, edge of unknown and uncertainty to answer questions in our lives. My eyes are closed, my body is obeying to the moment. When they open, do we find ourselves new, does a moment out of place provoke deeper insight of what is home and identity. Through an encounter with the audience, the body responds as a reflection of themselves, in confrontation with the place and the environment.
“When a journey leads us to expand the boundaries of our identity to the point at which we include in the ‘we’ what was simply ‘other’, our journey is a return to home. We came full circle.” – Exploring Borders: Understanding Culture and Psychology
Orinta Pranaityte, born in Lithuania, 1991, is a visual artist engaged with performance art, video and sound combinations. Her main concerns in her practice are immigration, borders and territories that arise from her own background. In 2016, Pranaityte started working as a Programme Facilitator at soundLINCS; a six month intern position as a researcher and a visual artist. Whilst working at soundLINCS, she was part of a seven month residency ‘The Freedom Project’ at MAC Birmingham, where she received mentorship from Rachael Young. Currently based in the East Midlands, UK, she is studying a full-time course in MA Fine Art at The University of Lincoln.
Photo credit: Glasgow Lab Group CCA Scotland
This is an obsession with a population of measuring sticks. A roar quantification in the value of pleasure, anatomy, survival and mental dexterity OR fragility.
Here takes place an intimate examination of the body. Unfolding.
A high functioning Imagination, a Breaking Body, and a not so Bloody Womb. What can one do ….but fly in the face of obsession.
An exploration of the things that frustrate me, the things that I just can’t get past and the condition that my condition is in.
It’s a response to what I know everybody else is thinking.
This work is an experiment, an attempt in responding. Responding to the day-to-day crisis of the inhabiting this body and the bodies of all women.
whatsthebigmistry (Priya Mistry) U.K Multidisciplinary Artist and performer working at the juncture of Performance, Dance & Visual Arts. Graduating from De Montfort University, BA Hons Dance and Theatre, supplementary studies in Film & Photography in 2003.
Mistry’s practice explores inventive approaches and methodologies in the making of performance, live works and social practices. Her movement practice is focused on making experimental enquiries about being in process with the body and unpredictable choreographies. Currently she is working with Cabaret live artist Marissa Carnesky on the Incredible Bleeding Woman which will show at Soho Theatre 13th Dec- 7th Jan 2017
Melissa Thomas “Collaboration with Children”
Children embody unique and diverse characteristics, yet their direct experience of the world around them is frequently denigrated as irrelevant to understanding the context of culture and society. Collaboration with Children is an exploration of what it means to partner with young people. How they can challenge our beliefs about the creative process and what we can learn through observing their intuitive sense with tools and materials. This interactive experience examines cultural power dynamics and our embodiment of this ideology; how do we ascribe power? Who exerts it? Who defines it? How does this affect the way we raise a new generation of people who will grow up to inherit the social structures we take for granted? How do these ideas affect our sense of self when we begin to break them down internally? How can children offer us perceptive shifts?
Melissa Thomas is an interdisciplinary writer, artist and reproductive rights activist. Weaving together different identities through the experiences of making complex choices within systemic structures she explores subjectivity within the greater context of a fundamental questioning regarding the nature of humanity. Influenced by feminist theory and philosophy she synthesises the body, the mind, the environment and the emotional through documentation and archiving of the everyday, underpinned by its deeper meaning in an intimate ethnography of space, time, repetition, liminality and temporality.
Photo credit: Rachael Young
Rachael Young “A Natural”
The ‘Afro’ or a ‘natural’ worm by activists of the 60/70s civil rights movement signified the coming together of people, a collective oneness in a fight to overcome oppression. Recently the ‘natural’ has been making a come back, being adopted by a whole new generation of people. This comes at a time when black hair has never been more political, with natural styles being banned in schools and the workplace. Join artist and hair stylist Rachael Young as she attempts the unpick the politics of natural hair by way by doing what comes natural and dressing hair.
Rachael Young makes theatre, live art, interactive installations and socially engaged projects, working in the spaces between disciplines and discovering new languages for performance through collaboration. Her current work explores notions of freedom and bravery and is inspired by autobiographical experience in relation to socio-political landscapes. Rachael has recently presented work at //BUZZCUT//, The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre, Tate Modern, New Art Exchange, Contact, The Yard, Derby Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse and has been supported by Arts Council England, Arts Connect, mac birmingham, Curve, Ovalhouse and BBC Performing Arts Fund.