August 13th 2013 – Mariam Pop Up event – The “Gretchen Day” Gallery, Peckham
Last night was the first of our two pop up performances in the fictionalised Gretchen Day Gallery, on Copeland Park, Peckham. My talented research group worked so hard to develop the performance-as-art-exhibition, which managed to be beautiful, funny and moving. The ‘frame’ of the high-profile retrospective, complete with conflicting curators, performance installations, giving way to Mariam’s post-Herod power-vacuum, was lucid, absorbing and visually arresting. Our intrepid audience moved and challenged us to explore their presence in relation to our site, performance and text. Well done to the whole team for taking the ideas to new and interesting places, and thanks so much to our generous audience whose feedback has been extremely insightful and positive.
Here are some bits of feedback which give a flavour of the performance:
“I liked the realisation that somehow one version of the story (the play) seemed to slip through a wormhole into another version (the installations).”
“I didn’t expect the gallery to be a kind of lens to see the play through. I was so impressed by how ‘present’ the words sounded.”
“The piece was generously providing me with surprises in terms of its nature, its presentation, its plots.”
Jack Davies and Jamie Smith both documented the performance and process with the following images.