The Tetley, Leeds, 5 August 2017

The Tetley Weekender | Day 1

The Tetley Weekender will be the culmination of a week long performance art intensive, taking over our gallery spaces from 31 July – 4 August. The Tetley will function as a laboratory to incubate new works and collaborations with twelve artists, six based in South Asia and six based in the UK an open weekend of performance and talks. Over the weekend, participating artists will be invited to present existing work, and, or, present work resulting from new collaborations. Anaccompanying series of talks and open workshops, will be programmed in discussion with participating artists and leaders exploring performance today in the UK and South Asia, unpicking influences from visual art, theatre and dance.

Saturday 5th August:

11am - 1pm - Live artists performances in the galleries
2pm - 3pm - Live artists performances in the galleries
4pm - 5pm - PERFORMANCE ART INTENSIVE: ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION (PART 1)
6.30pm -7.30pm- BODYWORKSHOP: Performance Lecture

Schedule

  • Sun 17 November 2019

    The Turner Prize | Tai Shani | DC: Semiramis

    DC: Semiramis is an epic and episodic project that has come to define the last five years of Shani’s practice. A series of works with interlinked stories and mythologies, DC envisions a world neither completely divorced from our own, nor tied to our own history, or our future.

    Tai Shani creates a large-scale immersive installation that also functions as a site for performance. The work is an experimental adaptation of Christine de Pizan’s 1405 proto-feminist text The Book of the City of Ladies.

    Twelve performers play characters, including The Neanderthal Hermaphrodite, The Medieval Mystic, The Vampyre, Phantasmagoregasm, and Paradise to create a 12 part performance series, depicting an allegorical city of women, a space to imagine an alternative history which privileges, sensation, experience and interiority, undermining patriarchal conceptions of narrative history to propose a possible post-patriarchal future.

    Each episode focuses on one of the characters and is delivered through prose monologues which are violent, erotic and filled with fantastical images that re-imagine a world complete with interlinked cosmologies, myth and histories.

    Drawing on multiple reference points including feminist science fiction, post-modern architecture, and feminist and queer theory, this is Shani’s most ambitious and multi-layered work to date and includes an original score by ‘Let’s Eat Grandma’.

    The streamed episode is DC: Paradise from staged within Shani’s installation as part of the Turner Prize exhibition.

    DC: Semiramis contains nudity, explicit language of a sexual and violent nature not suitable for under 18s