Plunge into the depths of SKINNED:LIVE – slip beneath the surface of identity, ideals, and the skin we live in. This three day festival will be showcasing a fusion of familiar and experimental art forms, contemplating all the things that we can't just wash off at the end of the day. Be pulled below the streets of Camden into an underworld of blood, burlesque, and bionic bodies; where structures are shattered and a rebellion of dance, sculpture, movement, media and performance rises up.
Come closer to the artists with exclusive talks and post show discussions held nightly, and celebrate the first collaboration between Camden People’s Theatre and the Performance Arts students of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (aka. Itch Collective) in an event that leaps into the water to swim against the tide.
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Day 1 - Sunday, 3rd of June: "The Epidermis: Exploring Our Identity"
14:00 until 17:00 – LUCY HARDING, MAGDA KACZMARSKA, EMILY McILROY, DIANE WILTSHIRE
14:00 until 17:30 – ALEX BILLINGHAM
18:30 until 20:45 – JAMAL HAREWOOD
21:00 until 21:10 – WINTER JAMES
SKINNED:LIVE breaks out with a day under the skin in a live art study of what lies beneath the surface. Dive into the rainbow-splattered latex pool of Alex Billingham, as he slips and slides from his new skin into a gender fluid future - then step back into Diane Wiltshire's haptic waistcoat as she takes the wearer through waves of sensation in Sentiment, a transfer of biometric data into physical feeling. Lend an ear to Emily McIlroy’s Listening Jars, or be lured into a vision of blood and burlesque as Winter James moves to the music, challenging ideas of sexuality, identity and freedom. Shower in Magda Kaczmarska’s Beads, Glitter & A Wig in a shattering of feminist embellishments and female identity; and encounter the tumbling mass of Anxiety, Lucy Harding’s origamic structure of photographic psyche. Finally, step into the cold light of Jamal Harewood's The Privileged and creep up on the sleeping polar bear. Will you be the one to wake him?
Day 2 - Monday, 4th of June: "The Dermis: Looking Beneath Our Skin"
17:00 until 21:30 – HEATHER AGYEPONG, BILLIE BLOSSOM, NATALIE WARDLE, DIANE WILTSHIRE
18:00 until 20:15 – DIALECTIC DEE
19:00 until 19:15 – TANNSAH
20:30 until 21:30 – KATHERINE MCMAHON
Night two of SKINNED:LIVE erupts in a roar of humanity with an evening of spoken word and slam poetry, in a loud and proud encounter with identity. Sink into the sounds of Dialectic Dee’s live poetry, as she confronts black feminist ideals in music and media, or dip a toe into the delicate, dancing drawers of Natalie Wardle’s Control Pant Symphony, an elastic orchestra of bodies, boundaries and backlash. Run alongside Katherine McMahon in a race for acceptance in Fat Kid Running, and float in the murky waters of body shaming and its stifling demands. Drift through Billie Blossom’s soft bed quilts and bodyscapes in the black and white series, Queer Porn Portraits, or sink into Dhancha, a human rights haka by TANNSAH for those bound by tradition. Stare into the face of Heather Agyepong’s fierce, photographic fight against the snare of society’s “strong black female” in Too Many Blackamoors.
Day 3 - Tuesday, 5th of June: “Post-dermis: Beyond Our Human Skin”
17:00 until 20:00 – TYSKA SAMBORSKA, DIANE WILTSHIRE
19:00 until 19:30 – GRACE STRICKLAND DE SOUZA
20:30 until 21:00 – TOM CASSANI
SKINNED:LIVE draws to a close with bionic bounds into the world of post-humanism and second skins. Step into the streets of Delhi where Tyśka Samborska lurks as a rusted “mold” of metal in her photo series examining the evolution of aging; or leap into Bound (0.02mm), Grace Strickland de Souza’s scientific soundscape of projected robotics, investigating android appearances and the humanity of touch. Be baptised in the miracles of Tom Cassani’s deceit in his show of magic and lies, I Promise You That Tonight uncovers and shatters his tricks in this pool of illusion.