New collaboration and upcoming performance dates

In October and November I’ll be performing a new piece, as yet untitled, in collaboration with my real-life partner Phil Bedwell.

An intense exploration of the intimacies of lust and aggression, utilising jiu jitsu techniques and the text of A Futurist Manifesto of Lust by Valentine De Saint-Point.
Phil and Hellen began collaborating last year when they worked on Marisa Carnesky’s Tarot Drome, their work together has combined Phil’s background in wrestling and martial arts with Hellen’s experience in live art to create highly physical pieces examining gestures of loving and fighting and the parallels between them.
This new performance has developed from a workshop run by Kira O’Reilly as part of DIY10. Over the three days of ‘Combative Manifestos’ they learnt techniques for both grappling and writing, and this performance evolved from those experiments with words and bodies.
This performance will be shown at:

Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage) – 25th October

Honoured to be appearing as a guest artist in Dominic Johnson’s Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage) at Chelsea Theatre as part of the Sacred Season, on 25th October.

Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage) is a performance involving live tattooing on Dominic Johnson’s hands, carried out by the renowned tattoo artist Alex Binnie. The tattoos function as permanent archival documents of performance, and as art works in their own rights. Pain and the wound are therefore incidental to the production of a striking permanent image on the body – in Departure as well as in tattooing as a traditional cultural practice more generally. How might disaster be represented or produced without recourse to sacred imagery? What might a new secular pantheon of catastrophic images look like? In Departure, the creation of a lasting image in performance mimics and explores the histories of tattooing and scarification as practices of body modification.

Departure includes live performances by three guest artists: Mouse, jamie lewis hadley, and Traumata (Hellen Burrough); sound design by Mark Peter Wright; and lighting design by Marty Langthorne.

Departure is a co-commission by Fierce and Chelsea Theatre. It received generous funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme.”


Carnesky’s Tarot Drome

Carnesky's Tarot Drome

Carnesky’s Tarot Drome
4–13 September 2012 8PM

The Old Vic Tunnels

Real Living Tarot. Risqué Performance. Roller Skates. Rock Opera.
Dare you enter Carnesky’s Tarot Drome?

I’m honoured to be in the cast of Marisa Carnesky’s new immersive theatre show, it’s going to be incredible.