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Is this the shape of things to come?

We had the first rehearsal yesterday for this performance to be held at the Saatchi Gallery 13-16 October.

The idea is to investigate how audience appreciation of The Shape of Things to Come exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery is affected when music and poetry are performed in response to sculpture.

Elinros Henriksdottir asked me to select and perform some poetry in response to certain works and invited A Band of Buriers to do the same in music.

Meeting A Band of Buriers

I met John Angel Rodriguez, curator, and the deep-voiced James Honey and string-master Jamie Romain of A Band of Buriers.

The band’s “alternative folk” music is absolutely mesmerising – it was gorgeous to hear it filling the large spaces of the gallery.

Poems by William Blake… et moi!

The poems to be performed are the “Introduction” and “Earth’s Answer” from William Blake’s Songs of Experience, and my own Smooth Red Woman.

The latter is really just a textual spec for a digital poem I intend to make, about thoughts triggered by a beautiful red marble sculpture I saw in Italy, so I didn’t think of it as a final version, but it does seem amazingly relevant in the context of the particular sculptures we’ll be using it to comment on. It particularly raises questions around how women’s responses to art may differ from men’s.

Three wonderful actors to perform

Unfortunately, a long-standing personal commitment prevents me from being there for two of the four days of the performances, so I will not perform, but instead I have arranged for three wonderful performers to do it instead: Rosalie Jorda, Gisele Edwards and Gabby Meadows.

I am still involved as Project Assistant and will be going to the rehearsals and to the first and possibly the second performance.

All three poems sound amazing in the voices of the three female performers. It’s heartening to feel that themes so personal to me can be shared by and communicated through other women.

Ekphrastic experience to share

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Nitzan says:

This must be very exciting for you, Tia, well done for creating such a lovely opportunity for yourself. I’m sure it’ll be great.

Tia says:

Hi Nitzan, thanks, yes. I think the whole idea is a great one – using one art form to comment on, and to enhance the experience of, another. It brings back to mind some of the many things I value about the expressive arts therapy approach to working with poiesis.

Anna says:

Looking forward to seeing this tomorrow!

Tia says:

The performances today went well, and triggered some good discussion about the sculptures, but afterwards, to our surprise, the organisers informed us that Art Accelerating Art will no longer be hosted at the Saatchi Gallery – we have not yet heard the reasons, but apparently there will be no performances Fri, Sat and Sun. Performances were filmed though so I hope there will be video available soon.

If another venue and different dates are confirmed, I will let you know!

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