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HOT WITH EXCESS : A SEASON OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS’ OPERA
Mar 12 - 27, 2020
Featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
This special season of live events explores the collision of contemporary art and opera. Performances, screenings and discussion reveal how artists working today are commandeering this cultural tradition to propose new hybrid ways of working that resist easy definition.
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TRULEE HALL, TONGUES DUEL THE CORN WHORES, AN OPERA
Mar 12, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
Featuring beatboxers, opera singers, live music, strong men and numerous dancers, Trulee Hall creates an exuberant new production, true to her gorgeous, playful, feminist style.
 
Doors will open at 18:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 23:00.
£12/£10 conc. seated and £10/£8 conc. standing tickets
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BENJAMIN ORLOW, HORSES AND ANTS: AN OPERA IN EIGHT ACTS
Mar 13 - 14, 2020 7:00pm - 7:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
Benjamin Orlow’s 24 hour film Horses and Ants: An Opera in Eight Acts was filmed during his time in the Finnish army and comprises the experience into a single day. With each hour tethered to his real-time experience, the durational film gives us an insight into a mandatory, hierarchical, disciplined institution that is physically and mentally exhausting. While being know as a very progressive nation, Finland is one of the few European nations that still has mandatory military conscription for all men from the age of 18. This work aims to show a very realistic and human perspective, little known to outsiders, of an institution that likes to present itself as an ambitious fast-paced and action-packed place for adventure and personal growth.
 
At certain moments, the screening will be augmented by live performances by All Choreographers Are Bastards and singer Frida Österberg, expanding on the movement and soundtrack of the work. Further details will be released shortly.
 
Please note that a ticket for this screening will allow unlimited entries over the course of 24-hours. We encourage visitors to bring sleeping bags if they wish, or to leave and return.
 
Doors will open at 18:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 23:00.
£8/£6 conc.

ALEXANDRE SINGH, THE HUMANS
Mar 15, 2020 3:00pm - 3:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
Modelled on the comic writings of Aristophanes and set at the dawn of time and space, The Humans tells the tale of two spirits named Tophole and Pantalingua, who would rather the Earth not be created at all. In a battle against the egomaniacal Creator, they conspire their way to an accidental Paradise Lost, ultimately corrupting the eponymous humans—portrayed as a songful and statuesque Greek chorus—into the flawed mortals we are today.
 
The Humans was originally developed and premiered at Witte de With, Rotterdam, over 2012 and 2013. It was later presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as part of Performa 13 in 2013.
 
Doors will open at 14:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 18:00.
£5/£3 conc.

Click to enlargeSAM BELINFANTE: A CONVENIENT PLACE FOR OUR REHEARSAL
Mar 19, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
Sam Belinfante's practice is deeply rooted in sound and performance. Drawing on this and the architecture of the Zabludowicz Collection, he will create a new, site-specific staging; A convenient place for our rehearsal. Mining the history and traditions of classical opera, this immersive experience will reveal the mechanics of the theatrical.
 
Doors will open at 18:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 22:00.
£8/£6 conc.

MARIJKE DE ROOVER LIVE, LAUGH, LIMERENCE
Mar 21, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
In Marijke De Roover’s new operatic performance Live, Laugh, Limerence, the artist questions the impact of how we culturally choreograph and organise the performance of love through heteronormative structures, through the clichés of rom-coms, musical theatre, opera, karaoke and Disney.
 
Songs often attempt to describe how we feel when we’re in love. And as they’re describing, they are also telling us how we should feel, creating norms we can compare to our own experiences. Opera specifically is filled with tales of violence; great passions tragically predetermined by social inequalities. These are usually crueller and more exclusionary towards women and other minorities occupying symbolically weaker positions of power.
 
The 'Tragic Heroine' was one of the key figures of the invention of an erotics of heterosexual desire, which emerged alongside the invention of homosexuality as identity. Her fatal flaw was her attraction to catastrophe; her other fatal flaw was her fidelity in love. As a result of the suppression of real women, culture invented its own representation of the gender, and it was this fictional "woman" who appeared on stage, representing the patriarchal values attached to the gender while suppressing the experiences, stories, feelings and fantasies of actual women. De Roover is interested in subverting this, and presenting a new kind of love that doesn’t have a precedent in contemporary media representation.
 
Doors will open at 18:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 22:00.
£12/£10 conc.

BEATRICE GIBSON ’IF THE ROUTE’: THE GREAT LEARNING OF LONDON
Mar 22, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
A collaboration between artist Beatrice Gibson and composer/musician Jamie McCarthy, ‘if the route’: the great learning of london [a taxi opera] was a live performance piece and radio work in seven parts based on the tradition of ‘calling over’ in The Knowledge (the infamous London black cab navigation system and mnemonic device).
 
This screening will show a document of the live performance held at Studio Voltaire on the 9 March 2007, and will be introduced by Beatrice Gibson.
 
A complex and fascinating mathematics of the everyday, The Knowledge involves learning 320 routes or runs mapped within a six-mile radius of Charing Cross. ‘Calling over’ asked students to recite out loud the days runs. Partners form to call over runs to one another, using recital and repetition in preparation for ‘appearances’ [tests] at the Public Carriage Office. Knowledge Point on Caledonian road, one of several taxi universities students may attend whose curriculum includes a series of mnemonic devices to aid learning, is filled with pairs of men and increasingly the odd woman aurally reciting sets of directions to one another. Entering it is to be surrounded by the city fragmented into sets of sentences and street names; a veritable symphony, performing the city as text. Using calling over as the principle sound source for the piece and working collaboratively with taxi drivers, the performance of The Great Learning celebrated and elaborated this formidable everyday system, poetically re-contextualises it within in the space of the gallery.
 
The Great Learning plays on the title of the influential score of the same name by the radical 1960’s composer and musician Cornelius Cardew. Cardew’s work was rooted in a belief in the democratic potential of music as a social platform. His version of The Great Learning was a score in seven paragraphs, rooted in, and acoustically generated by, the Confucian text of the same name. In keeping with and paying homage to the spirit of Cardew’s original score and the political gesture of experimental composition, Gibson and McCarthy have used both aural and non-aural elements of research into The Knowledge in their composition. The score for the piece has been developed for musicians and non-musicians alike, and provided a basis for the realisation of both a live performance and a radio work.
 
Doors will open at 14:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 18:00.
£5/£3 conc.

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH CAVE
Mar 26, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
Organised in partnership with Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) at Leeds University, this panel discussion offers a space to reflect and consider the contemporary context for this programme, exploring the numerous ways in which artists working today are engaging with the notion of opera.
 
Doors will open at 18:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 22:00.
Free

RICHARD KENNEDY BLACK RAGE
Mar 27, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.
 
Black Rage: Negro Songs From a New Age Depression is an opera written by Richard Kennedy, with additional music by RaShonda Reeves. Written over the course of 6 years, Black Rage explores the pain, frustration, and tribulations of being African American in the 21st century. Diving head-first into social problems that have plagued the USA since its inception, Black Rage is a peek into some of the most intimate and heartbreaking moments endured in the quest for true liberation. Inspired by chain gang songs, slave hymns, and a collection of field interviews with former slaves, Black Rage uses the power of song to communicate a message of hope and peace, to inspire a new generation, and to honour those who survived the Middle Passage and the harsh conditions of early American Life. Black Rage is an opportunity to better understand the black experience, all the while accepting that unless you live it you can never understand it, only be compassionate of it.
 
Richard Kennedy restages Black Rage with New York based collaborators, Alissa Brianna, RaShonda Reeves, Kyle Kidd, Isaiah Cook, Olin Caprison and Xander Gaines; to help him envisage his opera in a new context.
 
Doors will open at 18:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 23:00.

£12/£10 conc.

INVITES : FRANCES DRAYSON
Apr 16 - May 24, 2020

BARBARA HAMMER / CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN
Apr 16 - Jul 12, 2020
Private view Wed Apr 15 6pm - 9pm
This exhibition pays tribute to the work of two hugely significant female artists who have recently passed away: Barbara Hammer and Carolee Schneemann. With works drawn from the Zabludowicz Collection and the Julia Stoschek Collection (Dusseldorf/Berlin) this collaboration includes important pieces in video, film, and collage, many of them presented for the first time in the UK. The artists share a direct and celebratory advocacy of feminist sexuality, often using modes of self-documentation and self-reflection. Linking their practices is the continued connection to a physical materiality and questions of structure and composition. Through differing approaches each artist sought a rupture with the apparatus of the male-dominated reality in which they lived and worked. Displayed in the unique former-Chapel setting of the Zabludowicz Collection the exhibition gives visitors the chance to encounter bold and deeply personal visions that continue to be highly influential for subsequent generations of artists working across multiple disciplines.

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