With Danai Anesiadou, Karina Bisch, Leah Capaldi and Cally Spooner.
To coincide with Frieze Art Fair, DRAF is again hosting a special evening of performances.
7 – 8.15pm Leah Capaldi Give (2011)
Collapsing the boundaries between performance and sculpture, Leah Capaldi (b.1985 in England, lives in London) explores themes of exploitation, power and objecthood. Capaldi questions the role of the performance artist through exploring ideas of hyper-authenticity and the validity of performance. Created for this evening Capaldi’s work Give focuses on the structure and transformation of an object (person) whilst also incorporating a response to Miriam Cahn’s paintings.
7.15pm Cally Spooner, with Dulcie Lewis A Solo Event For Thinking (2009) Version 4 (2011)
With outputs ranging from performance, film and broadcasting, Cally Spooner (b. 1983 in England, lives in London) writes in dialogue to script the anxieties and obstructions of turning theory into thought, thought into text and text into events (plays, projects and productions). Drawing on theatrical tropes and devices, she embodies this movement between states using historical thinkers as alibis to help her write and casts of colleagues, friends and actors to help her perform. Spooner has produced a new work as part of an on-going system in her practice.
7.45pm Karina Bisch ça c’est Paris! (2011)
Karina Bisch (b. 1974 Paris, lives in Paris) generally develops her work as a response to modernist, architectural geometry. Each work begins with existing forms that have undergone many manipulations and reformulations, dismantling modernist codes through introducing outside referents, contemporary film or music. Bisch’s practice has evolved across various media—paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and performances—without conforming to formal, stylistic or technical restraints. Tonight she is staging her theatrical performance ça c’est Paris!, a series of tableaux vivants premiered in Rome and now shown for the first time in London.
The performance by Karina Bisch is supported by Institut Français du Royaume-Uni.
8.15pm Danai Anesiadou There’s no such thing as a pretty good omelette (2011)
Danai Anesiadou (b. 1975, Germany, lives in New York) has achieved a fascinating body of works, structured around chains of associations and a deep fascination for cinema. Anesiadou herself grounds the communal experience of her performances, creating a rhythm of connectedness between her co-performers, the audience and the small acts that unfold. Her performances are hypnotic, possibly due to the inclusion of ritualistic gestures — including hand signs, dance moves and silhouettes created on overhead projectors. She is showing tonight for the first time in London, presenting a new work especially created for the occasion.
Performers: Elisa Platteau, Michael van den Abeele, Benedict Goodwin & Nicoletta Lambertucci