Written by Itch Collective member, Viola
Sentiment makes it impossible for somebody to lie through speech, be it through belief or story. This is the first time you can physically feel someone else’s emotion; and with your body as the host, their truth is told. The harmony between the soundscape and the electrodermal activity creates a whole new relationship between body, speech and space – and telling your own story.
Written by Paloma Aznar, an Itch Collective Member
Written by Itch Collective member, Lucia Pazzini
Written by Maddy Cannon, a member of Itch Collective
To be at home in one’s fat, fierce body,
Is a pretty complicated business.
To be a body is to embody,
What can sometimes be so hard to witness.
Dearest Katherine knows the trials and tests,
Of learning to move in a world of shame,
Of sizeist bullying and loud protests.
Listen to Katherine, hear them exclaim!
It will not make you thinner, or faster.
It will unfurl with energy and glee,
With stories of laughter and disaster.
You will run, jump and have afternoon tea.
The avid world of magic and metaphor,
Lifts the fat stigma and levels the shore.
Created from published material about McMahon’s performance, ‘Fat Kid Running’,
By Francesca Brown
What's the limit of the impossible? How far would you go to deceive others? Tom Cassani's piece 'I Promise You That Tonight' is an exploration of the contrasting elements of truth and lie. Tom uses his art of lying in his thrilling performance as a way to guide his audience between unreal and fantastical events, which leaves audience members questioning reality. The performance artist examines in the piece the limits of deception and shows the audience the fine line between the what is considered ''truth'' and what is not. Dive into this world of uncertainty. Be ready to be lied to. Be ready to surprise yourself.
Written by Li, an Itch Collective member
Photos by Guido Mencari
Paws padding on behind you
Breeze stroking the fur rippling beside you
Barefoot against the cool of the sea
Slip into your skin for me
Written by Itch Collective member, Freya
The piece incorporates a pre-recorded soundscape, comprised of both spoken word and sound. It also includes a live dance performance.
Dhancha (We Are Bones), is a movement performance that aims to question the morality of forcing one into marriage and consequently, sheds light on what those most directly affected (the victims), experience. The piece generates a feeling of suppression, as a result of one not being able to exercise their human rights. Raising the idea that, without such rights, one could be seen as simply “skin and bones”…"a puppet on set of strings” and therefore makes the audience question what makes one human?
An exchange of energies occurs between audience and performer. Encouraging the audience to look beyond the physical exterior of one's skin and explore issues that affect how one feels within their skin. Although the uniqueness of our skins can potentially create division, we are all people who have experienced suffering at one point or another in our lives and it is through those shared/similar experiences, that go beyond our skin, that we are united.
Written by Itch Collective member, Maoliosa
At only 19 she’s already featured on the bbc,
Featured her words, her poems
Shared her thoughts, her opinions.
Dialectic Dee is very aware,
Aware of our current society
Through her words
Someone who can encourage, who can express...
The issues which everyone should address;
The pressures women still face;
Undress the misogynistic words found in any repetitive hip-hop rap,
Re-address the implications millennials must test and why there is the need to compulsively swipe left
(Or right) Thumbs... Tap, tap.
Dialectic Dee may raise a few of these,
May encourage you to consider more,
The effect a word might have,
The power words have.
Poem by Rebecca Turner of Itch Collective
“Her Majesty understanding that several blackamoors have lately been brought into this realm, of which kind of people there are already too many here...her Majesty's pleasure therefore is that those kind of people should be expelled from the land, and for that purpose instruction is given to the bearer, Edward Banes, to take ten of those blackamoors that were brought into this realm by Sir Thomas Baskerville on his last voyage, and transport them out of the realm. In this we require you to give him any help he needs, without fail."
Written by Itch Collective member, Jacob