November/December performance dates

November/December performance dates

Hellen Burrough, 'She was the Universe', SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, photo by Guido Mencari.

SAT 19 NOVEMBER

Union with Philip Bedwell
Ghosts, Submerge Festival, Bristol
3pm – 6pm 
Tickets and further info

Performing alongside Rrose and Olivier de Sagazan, this is going to be special. Really honoured to be performing Union again in Bristol too. 

SUN 18 DECEMBER

Fragment (New work)
UNFIX Festival, CCA, Glasgow
12noon
Tickets and further info

Debut of a new piece – Fragment.

A room filled with shards of broken glass – clear, sharp, crystalline.
A body shedding something/seeking something – endurance, risk, control. No fairy tale, no crystal coffin.
Personal apocalypse. Potential rebirth.

 

November 17, 2016 0 comments
Buzzcut 2016: Kintsukuroi (golden seams)

Buzzcut 2016: Kintsukuroi (golden seams)

Kintsukuroi Golden Seams - Hellen Burrough

I will be performing this new durational work at Buzzcut 2016 in Glasgow. The festival runs from 6-10 April and takes place at the Pearce Institute, Govan.

“Kintsukuroi (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. […] As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.”

Working with gold leaf and exploring the story of scars marking my body. Honouring and armouring these healed wounds.

THUR 7 APRIL, 7pm – 10pm

 

April 2, 2016 0 comments
News – September 2015

News – September 2015

I’ve been too quiet on here for too long, it’s been something of a hibernation – processing, planning, moving, re-adjusting – and now I feel like I’m getting back on track, so here’s some updates on some things:

Work

+ Last year I contributed to Thomas John Bacon’s piece ‘PERCEPTION:Lab’ which was performed this summer in Boston. I, along with 12 other artists, gave Thomas a sealed envelope containing an action that he would perform for an hour. Each action ‘was designed to stimulate the potential for failure through impossibility or risk’ and on 20 June Thomas opened each envelope in turn and perform it’s action, in an intense piece that lasted 13 hours. Find out more on Thomas John Bacon’s website. My contribution was Action 12.

+ After performing at Tempting Failure festival in each year it has run, I am very excited to say that this year I have joined the team as an Associate Producer and am looking forward to being able to share more news about Tempting Failure soon. For now check out the new website and like us on Facebook.

September 27, 2015 0 comments
Union in Glasgow at //BUZZCUT// 2015

Union in Glasgow at //BUZZCUT// 2015

Union performance / Tempting Failure 2014, Bristol/ Image by Roser Diaz

Union –  with Philip Bedwell.

FRI 20 MARCH – 3.45pm
The Mary Barbour, Pearce Institute. //BUZZCUT// festival

We cease to be connected physically but now joined through the shared ritual and our mirror image bleeding bodies. We both carry our lives marked in and on our bodies. Scars, tattoos, injuries have inscribed us with our stories and our passions. It’s natural for us to mark our marriage in a similarly physical way, and although we are joined, legally and romantically, we continue to be separate, individual and independent.

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March 4, 2015 0 comments
February news – //BUZZCUT// 2015

February news – //BUZZCUT// 2015

Hellen Burrough, 'She was the Universe', SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, photo by Guido Mencari.

 

Work

+ Images from my piece ‘She was the Universe’ performed at SPILL Festival of Performance 2014 are now online!

+ I’ll be at //BUZZCUT// 2015 in Glasgow from 18 – 22 March, performing Union alongside Philip Bedwell. It’s my first time at //BUZZCUT// and I’m looking forward to it.

Watch

+ Marco Brambilla, Sync. I watched part of this in the Destricted collection of explicit art films. Montages of found footage – Sex, violence and voyeurism.

Reading

Various longreads I’ve loved this month

Alexander McQueen: Into the light, a beautiful look at the designer and his work.

+ I don’t care much for Taylor Swift but this piece on her belly button (of all things) talks about an interesting  ‘female navel taboo’ which I was not previously aware of.

+ Tanning, Training and Branding with the Bikini Bodybuilding Stars of Instagram

+ The Invisible Woman: A conversation with Bjork covers sexism, creativity, her new album.

February 22, 2015 0 comments
January news – First of 2015

January news – First of 2015

Union / Tempting Failure 2014, Bristol 2014 / Image by Roser Diaz

Work

+ The end of last year was very busy with showing work and completing applications so my site has been a bit more neglected than I would have liked. Still, it does mean that there’s plenty to update over the next few months.

+ I’ve just uploaded images from Union at Tempting Failure. Very proud of this performance and the resulting documentation.

Reading

A few favorite art-reads from the last few months.

+ The touch and the cut – an annotated dialogue with Kira O’Reilly  by Patrick Duggan

+ Trial by fire – How extreme rituals forge intense social bonds.

+ Raising the Skirt by Nicola Canavan

Happy new year!

January 6, 2015 0 comments
Union – at Tempting Failure 2014

Union – at Tempting Failure 2014

Hellen Burrough + Philip Bedwell

Union – in collaboration with Philip Bedwell.

We cease to be connected physically but now joined through the shared ritual and our mirror image bleeding bodies. We both carry our lives marked in and on our bodies. Scars, tattoos, injuries have inscribed us with our stories and our passions. It’s natural for us to mark our marriage in a similarly physical way, and although we are joined, legally and romantically, we continue to be separate, individual and independent.

Philip and I are returning to Tempting Failure this year, this time working together. Once again the line up is fantastic and the venue is an amazing, unique space.
For 2014 Tempting Failure are running a week of free events and workshops ahead of the nights of performance on the 7th-8th November. Well worth checking out the full programme.

FRI 7 NOV – 6.30pm

The Island, Bristol. Buy your tickets here.

October 19, 2014 0 comments
She was the universe – Hellen Burrough at Spill Festival

She was the universe – Hellen Burrough at Spill Festival

Hellen Burrough - She was the universe

“The winds were wither’d in the stagnant air, And the clouds perish’d; Darkness had no need of aid from them — She was the Universe.”

She was the universe – A new piece inspired by darkness, apocalypse and the connection between a performer and artist is part of the National Platform at this years SPILL Festival.

THU 30 OCT 2014 – 3pm
FRI 31 OCT 2014 – 12pm

Police Station, Ipswich, IP1 2AW
Part of All-Seeing and Thursday & Friday Daytime Passes – Buy your pass here.

[img: Sam Gregory]

October 1, 2014 0 comments
September news – Spill Festival and Tempting Failure

September news – Spill Festival and Tempting Failure

Suspension at The Double R Club

[Suspension performance at The Double R Club, photo by Sebastien Gracco de Lay]

Work

Lots to announce this month –

+ She was the universe at Spill Festival, 30th and 31st October. – Absolutely thrilled to be showing this new work in the Spill Festival National Platform.

+ Also at Spill, I’ll also be performing in The Queen’s Boudoir by Lauren Jane Williams on 1st November.

+ Union at Tempting Failure, 7 November – I’m very happy to be returning to Tempting Failure for the third year running to present a piece devised and performed with my husband, Philip Bedwell.

Reading

This is what it’s like to be at war with your body – Fascinating article on Apotemnophilia, Body integrity identity disorder (BIID) and those who voluntarily amputate their limbs.

An open letter to everyone who has told women don’t get too muscular – I’m really interested in the messages women are given about their bodies and their behavior, especially when it comes to sport, strength and fitness. This is just a great article on how these messages reflect gender roles and expectations.

Instruments for operating on mutant women gallery – Dead Ringers is one of my favorite films, this gallery contains some close up shots of the beautiful bizarre surgical instruments created for the film.

Watching

Ghost in the machine (Blood robot selfie) by Ted Lawson. ‘Artist, Ted Lawson, creates a life-sized self-portrait drawing, in his own blood, using a robot.’

September 14, 2014 0 comments
Trauma Unit – Short film by Suka Off

Trauma Unit – Short film by Suka Off

TRAUMA UNIT from suka off on Vimeo.

Short film collaboration with Suka Off/BFV, 2008

cast: Hellen Burrough, Maciej Dziaczko, Piotr Wegrzynski
camera: Marcin Dos
editing: Piotr Wegrzynski
music: Wajid Yaseen
lights: Maciej Dziaczko

August 31, 2014 0 comments