24 December 2010

Friday 31 Dec 2010
at The Nightingale Theatre
8pm - 1am - performances start 9pm

After an exciting debut at Coachwerks, Fresh from the oven celebrates the opening of 2011 and a new run of events at The Nightingale Theatre. We will offer our customary blend of live performances and installations adapted to the unique characteristics of the hosting space - with a party twist on this special evening!
Share a bottle of sparkling wine and get ready for the first night of the year!

£10 entry with the option of sharing a bottle of sparkling wine (£9 / bottle for 3 people), snacks included.
Places are limited to 50, so pre-book at freshfto@gmail.com if you know you want to come, pay on the door. There you will also be able to get your share of sparkly. The downstairs pub will be open through the night.
www.freshfto.blogspot.com/ for more + images of past events

Mamoru Iriguchi
Simon Wilkinson
Inconvenient Spoof
Flying Eye
Michail Mavronas & Iain Douglas
Touched Theatre
Linda Remahl
& Dr. Bramwell
surprise DJ

Fresh from the oven curators and artists:
Yael Karavan, Sara Popowa, Tamar Daly,
Marion Deprez, Rachel Champion

The Nightingale Theatre is situated above The Grand Central Bar, opposite Brighton train station.


White cuts Liverpool

23 December 2010

Image in 4 pieces - at Brickbox, Brixton Market

On Thursday 15th Dec I showed a variation of Image in 4 pieces in Brixton, London, invited by Brickbox - an arts hub and cafe bar in a part of Brixton Village market with many creative, small enterprises - Brickbox being one of them. Lovely people, thank you Eleanor and Alex.

More impromptu than anything else, this showing gave me the wonderful recognition of having identified some performance elements which are mine - uniquely mine - which can be stretched, jumbled and remixed within the context of each other and through this find new meanings.
The fluffy paper head/cloud, the paper dress, the paper eye mask, the wearing of the different objects - and latest addition are the helium balloons which I found in the installation I made for the last Fresh from the oven.

The environment seemed challenging - around zero degrees in a semi-outdoor pre-christmas market arcade... but after my initial fret (which lasted till an hour before taking the train to London) the situation turned invigorating - I had not told anyone to come and the cold, openness and roughness of the space took the pressure off to make something very polished and 'perfect' (which i too often get stuck on) and instead I allowed myself to play with what I had brought with me, and with the space.

Looking at the images, I really like the fact that my actions are framed with evening-lit shopfronts. Feels pretty right for the season....

Photography: Alex Dermatis, editing Sara Popowa

26 November 2010

A light through the Night - video documentation

Performing as part of the Karavan Ensemble, White Night 30 Oct 2010.
If you imagine that during the actual shows, there was far more contrast between the blacked-out space and the points of light in it (we had some ambient lighting for the camera). Then watch the video :)

23 November 2010

We are

Ready for winter migration....!!
Saturday 27 November @ Coachwerks

This is the last time Fresh from the oven is hosted by Coachwerks and we welcome you to celebrate this transitional event with the Fresh team and very special guests including CiCi Blumstein and Jamie Wood.

We will serve up freshly baked live works which cross over dance, live art, music, theatre and film. And we serve nice hot food and have a cheap bar!

Next event is New Year's Eve and will be held at Nightingale Theatre, above the Grand Central bar opposite the Brighton rail station.

Fresh from the oven is co-curated by 3 performers / artists, Y Karavan, T Daly & S Popowa.

See you there!

21 November 2010

Some documentation from residency at TAO Liverpool

20 November 2010

Performing as part of Karavan Ensemble

Photo: Dan Childs
at Inhabit, Brighton Dome

Sat 4 December
11am - 4pm

For one day only Brighton Dome can be seen from an entirely new perspective; local artists, writers and performers have responded to the normally hidden parts of this Grade I listed building to create installations, interventions and mini performances to reveal the building's hidden corners and best kept secrets.

Tours will take place on Saturday 4th December at various times throughout the day from 11am to 4pm.

Artists involved in the project include:
The Karavan Ensemble, Banbazi, Prodigal Theatre's Urban Playground Team Artichoke.

19 November 2010

November Fresh from the oven coming up!

Winter migration? We are migrating Fresh from the oven from Coachwerks, next one on New Year's eve will be at The Nightingale Theatre.
Acts are still being confirmed but there will be some live gems of performance and music, hot food, cosiness, and maybe some balloons!

Hope to see you there. xx

10 November 2010

Liverpool day 2

First try-outs in the space, International Gallery today. Armed with thermal leggings and the spirit of being in a new place, we did some improvisation with a score of viewing the camera as a person we have a relation with in real life, making some simple movements repeated in different parts of the space. We were using a soundtrack Tamar had prepared in Brighton with our lovely musician friend Tristan Shorr (also does sound for our project with the Karavan ensemble).

We still have many ideas to try out, and these are only first sketches but we definitely had some beautiful moments and made some starting images. Tomorrow we will make better use of the natural light in the gallery and also try some ideas of mine out working with the live body, paper and movement.

09 November 2010

Liverpool day 1

We arrived to TAO Liverpool tonight and it seem none of the darkish forecasts we had before coming here had much power - it feels great to be here, very welcoming, exciting and very abundant space, and several opportunities to show work as it seems :)
We all felt pretty content tonight after checking the spaces out, taking some heart time and pasta dinner.. ready to see what our first real day on this TAO residency, tomorrow, will birth!

07 November 2010

Blackbird, pic and artificial grass

All of next week I will be at a residency at TAO (The Arts Organisation) Liverpool, as part of their S.Q.U.A.T programme (part of Liverpool Biennial). I'm going up there with friends Tamar Daly and Marina Tsartsara, both dance/performance artists (or whatever you may call us!) to mash our latest works together and come up with something new, collaborative and exciting for us. We'll be showing the fruits of our labour Sat 13th in the International Gallery.

Latest news are that things at TAO have become more unorganised than we first thought - including zero heating in the gallery space (International Gallery) and not great support from the Biennial - they were apparently keen on bringing TAO in as part of their programme .. but now are not even including them in their publicity?? So apparently numbers are not great but we will do our best! Generally there's a sense of going up there with an open mind and a pair of dungarees (with tools sticking out of the pockets) and thermals, and see where it'll take us. The main thing for me right now is to be working away from Brighton, in a focused mood, with friends and collaborators who I know well.

02 November 2010

A Light through the Night

The show with The Karavan Ensemble on Saturday went well, I loved making the work, being directed, working in a group and performing! Had lovely feedback from audience afterwards (and a mention on the Guardian blog, below), generally people seem to have really got something out of it. Great turn up as well, pretty much full house all of the 4 performances we did during the White Night.
The work is very different from my solo practice, definitely more dancey, much more theatrical, more storytelling like - although fragmented - more 'poetic' and with a visual language which i can only describe as ... don't know, a bit vintage perhaps, quite like illustrations in a book of dark fairy tales?
It was fascinating to be in someone else's creative vision, an element of their focused process - we made the piece in 5 days - five performers on stage, one outside, one musician - artistically directed by Yael Karavan. I have taken part in Yael's workshops and classes at Coachwerks in Brighton before, and done the graphic design for her company. Working together towards a performance was the first time though. Enjoyed it! Found it challenging the first few days, before i found some sort of space within the group, who are all used to working with each other since crating 'Ship of Fools' a show for the Brighton fringe 2010.

Yael's process with us often made me think of painting an image, a sort of live 3d landscape using different strokes, colours, elements and textures .. and then swatching everything around, several times, and definitely improvising a lot, grab ideas immediately, making them into elements of the show - Marion's heart-light-outfit for example...
All of the improvisations which led to the content of the show were based on a few straightforward ideas: household lamps collected from local homes in a blacked out space, and use of sound and text both recored and live.
All photos by Dan Childs


review from The Guardian blog

"Next, Karavan Ensemble took us on an anarchic journey out of town to the venue Coachwerks, inadvertently recreating the uniquely unrestrained atmosphere of a nightbus. The mood swiftly became meditative, however, when we arrived and watched an avant-garde dance in which women with the long gowns and opiated stares of Edgar Allan Poe heroines performed with a series of household lamps donated by locals and salvaged from skips – anglepoises, standard lamps, LEDs. Sometimes they cradled the lights as if they were infants; sometimes they brandished them like weapons. Dreamlike as well as surreal, it suggested the sort of obsession that strikes in the small hours."

21 October 2010

Of Photography at Frascati - Weds performance

What can I say... some of the things I have said in the last few days are 'never again wi-fi technology in a live performance', 'enough of this demanding, self-gazing persona' and 'unless I have a revelation in Amsterdam I'm done with this show'.

A quiet revelation perhaps, then, my show last night.
Much was down to the audience being great - good numbers, focused yet pretty relaxed they got the swing of things quite easily and I saw several postshow-glow faces afterwards. That, and receiving some lovely and interesting comments afterwards proves it's all worthwhile...

It is a funny thing, this way of performing - rendering myself passive, blind and open while handing over lots of control / responsibility of the audience's own experience of the show back to themselves. I offer myself up, removing my vision and hence my ability to control - and satisfy - the audience based on 'keeping an eye' and responding to them. All i can do is trust that my setup/framing is strong enough, and that people find the set-up motivating enough to engage with it all. Then over to you, my dears.... thank you everyone who came and took part last night.

Comments and feedback very welcome.

Frascati programme...

Theatre Frascati programme for 'Tender Fall' of which 'Of Photography' is part along with other performances and installations.
Love the venue, and their publicity design too.
It seems to be a dutch (Amsterdam?) thing - graphic design is generally more playful than in the UK. 'Unconventional' seem to be the convention... maybe the brits (me included) have the need for cooool and detached... I like this playfulness.

12 October 2010

Performing 'Of Photography' - Shunt London

Sunday 17 Oct
'Of Photography' at Shunt Bar, 42-44 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD. Free. Doors open 8pm.

This will be the first public showing of the developed version of 'Of Photography', originally created at the beginning of the year and shown at / co-produced by Plateaux Festival.
The current version is prepared for Theatre Frascati, where it's showing next week as part of a triple bill.

Using technology, my body, paper and choreographed movement, I invite the audience to view and take part in a sensory, maybe slightly unsettling take on Spectatorship, Seeing and 'Visual identity'.
The piece's original concept was a reaction towards excessive photography of performances - or any event with some public 'photo-value'. I wanted to ask what responsibility the photographer, or the consumer of images, may have towards their subject matter.
In this version, I have chiefly kept the concept but shifted the 'everyday' minimalism of the original production to a more distinct visual style, choreography and dramaturgy.
Kindly supported by The Nightingale Theatre.

Performing Of Photography - Frascati Amsterdam

I will show Of Photography as part of a Triple Bill in combination with Corbeau by Myriam Gourfink and Moth by Francesca Grilli at Theater Frascati, Amsterdam.
20 - 21 October 2010

White Night - I'm performing as part of Karavan Ensemble

A Light through the Night.
Saturday 30 October - White Night, Brighton.
The Karavan Ensemble invites you into a nocturnal journey through visual imagery, intimate encounters and absurd realities, inspired by the stories of lights and lamps collected from Hollingdean homes. A site specific live performance & installation artistically directed by Yael Karavan.

25 September 2010

Image in 4 pieces - at September Fresh from the oven

Video documentation of Sara Popowa's 'Image in 4 pieces' at Fresh from the oven at Coachwerks, Brighton, 25 September 2010. Work in development, kindly supported by The Nightingale Theatre, Brighton.
Camera Andy Towers

15 September 2010

September's Fresh from the oven, coming up!

OK it may not rain EVERY day this September.... but even if it does, on Saturday the 25th you can warm yourself with baked performances and hot food at Fresh from the oven - Live at Coachwerks!
Exciting acts are coming together... to be announced soon.
See you there!

07 September 2010

Image in 4 pieces

Documentation of performance at 'Wall into pieces', Phoenix Gallery Studios, Brighton, 4th Sep 2010.

The following photos were taken during the performance, as part of it, marking the key points of my choreographed actions.

30 August 2010

Performance at Wall into pieces

Wall into pieces Saturday 4 September | 8pm – 2am
at Phoenix Brighton
A large scale art event with an amazing line-up of experimental performances and music documented by a team of writers and photographers to create a magazine in real time.
Curated by Boca2Mouth.

I perform 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 in the Red Room, 'image in four parts' (work in progress)
The Red Room will be shared between 4 different artists/groups, each showing a short piece at the same time every hour.

My solo can be viewed both as individual parts and a succession of parts.
Possibly a chain of events, of actions and images where traces of what has happened before becomes part of the scene.

The material is new, still in progress and developed this summer at Nightingale Theatre, Brighton.
[thank u lovely nightingale people!]

19 August 2010

Vid from our launch of Fresh from the oven, our event at Coachwerks last month - next one is next week Saturday - 28th Aug!

The launch's involuntary theme of technical melt-down turned into an applauded feature in Tamar's performance, and into a huge element of distress in my own. People seemed to have appreciated what I was doing, but AHhh - the photos which people took of the scene/me through the window, with the cameras mounted to the glass were supposed to be printed out, one by one, reducing the window's cover of photo-paper and gradually revealing what's behind/inside - making a physical transfer of the audience's view (the photo) back to its source (ME!).

Well, the printer died completely after the second print.... and there I was, lost concept and turned into a sort of arty peep-show. All about the flesh as I was covering myself with the (very unprinted) white photo-papers, and in a very bad mood.

Friends tell me to take it as an experience, learn from it - yes what i learned is that I hate making a show which i don't get anything out of apart from stress, and in this case, no, I didn't. I felt objectified and simplified, and contrary to the sort of objectification I would impose on myself as part of the work, this was forced upon me by that one inflexible thing - 'technology'.
Take it to your bosom, make love to it and then get totally stressed out by it when it doesn't work...

10 August 2010

print room @ Fresh from the oven

Performance installation made in response to the enclosed, windowed screenprint studio at Coachwerks during our event Fresh from the oven.

Two small cameras were attached to the glass on the outside of the enclosed space. The window was completely covered with blank photo papers (with a sticky back) from the inside and the performer, wearing a paper dress, was inside on the print table with a printer.

The idea was for the audience to use the cameras to 'view' and capture the performer from the outside of the window, the photos taken would immediately be sent to print on the printer next to the performer. She would gradually remove the blank papers from the window, put them through the printer - printing the audience's 'view' of her - and then cover her body in these prints.

But ... the printer broke after the second print... aaaaaah! Instead I just carried on putting the white stickers on me while people took photos through the glass. Not quite what I expected but people seem to have enjoyed in anyway.... Here are some of the photos.

28 July 2010

Fresh from the oven - Live at Coachwerks,
a new monthly event of live performance, installation, poetry, music & food at Coachwerks, Brighton.
Launch night this coming Saturday 31st July, from 7.30pm.
My performance will be a site-responsive live installation, building on elements from 'Of Photography' and recent work developed at Nightingale Theatre. Technical assistant: Michail Mavronas.

01 July 2010

Nightingale sessions no 11

Performance sketch

30 June 2010

Session no 9



"Sometimes the whole mythological scene functions like a garment held out for the spectator-owner to put his arms into and wear.
The fact that the scene is substantial and yet, empty, facilitates the 'wearing' of it."
John Berger [Ways of Seeing, 1972] on ca 1500-1800s western oil painting and their viewers/audience/owners.

22 June 2010

Session no 5


video still.
light effects captured by the video camera somehow...

18 June 2010

Session No 4

more images on flickr

16 June 2010

dot movement studies

more images on flickr