Antonio de la Fe Kimberley Harvey Paul Hughes

Still Life

2018


Over six hours, four performers assemble themselves in every shifting configurations of ones. twos, threes and fours; of passivity and activity, movement and stillness. These vary from wrapping a limp body to giving an anatomy lecture, from exhausted wild dancing to asking the audience ‘What shall I do next?”. 

For the performers this is one work made up of 11 one-hour performances, overlapping over the six hours so at any one time there are two performances taking place - merging, contrasting, cohabiting the space. Changing costume, lighting and scenography they draw the audience in to different worlds of care and intimacy - from sex club to salon to mortuary - and things in between.

The audience can only experience an hour of the whole piece; seeing some things end, some things transform and some things begin. Each of these hour long ‘windows’ is unique in content, tone and genre, a window into an unknowable whole.

Audiences overlap as well as the performances so every half hour a new audience enters and one leaves. As you enter there is already an audience sat opposite you, half way through their experience - what do they know? What has gone before?

This is the latest work in Hamish’s Configurations series which orbits around the idea of care as an aesthetic, choreographic and political practice. As a negotiation of constantly fluctuating needs, capacities and interests. And in particular, care that is disengaged, reluctant or otherwise complicated and with problems.