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Fierce Festival, Davis Freeman: Karaoke(ART)


Karaoke(ART) activates video through invitation - for contemporary artists to reinterpret the available space of karaoke, to use it as they wish, to add, unbalance, distort or reveal truths that can be pulled from the undercurrents of their chosen song. Review by Cathy Wade.

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DanceXchange, Thorp St, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4TB

Fierce Festival, Simone Aughterlony, Antonija Livingstone and Hahn Rowe: Supernatural


There is a power struggle between us, the audience, trying to fix our own meaning onto these multiplicitous bodies, and these bodies constantly tricking us, evading us, sending us on a wild goose-chase. The show teases us, castigating us lightly for trying to force the violence of our own perception and interpretation on these bodies. Louise Orwin responds to Supernatural.

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COW, 82-85 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham B5 6DY & The Drum, 144 Potters Ln, Birmingham B6 4UU

Fierce Festival, PME-ART: The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information & Listening Party

Listening Party, COW

In the YouTube/Spotify universe where we expect flashy visuals and every song present at our fingertips, in a world where recorded music is so often the sound of the background, the gentle fumbling of the record player and clumsiness of the vinyl is charming. The liveness of the performance offers an alternative mode of being together, a difference pace for our communal rhythm. Review by Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

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Moseley Road Baths, Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AN

Fierce Festival, SLIP


SLIP, Fierce Festival’s two-day take-over of the disused Women’s Slipper Baths at the historic Moseley Road Baths, is reviewed by Phoebe Patey-Ferguson.

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Birmingham Open Media, 1 Dudley St, Birmingham B5 4EG

Fierce Festival, Selina Thompson: Race Cards

Race Cards

Race Cards is a stream of consciousness that emerges from an epic durational work. The questions are a mapping of Thompson’s thoughts containing humour, tragedy, irony and pathos. Harold Offeh reviews the project.

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mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, West Midlands B12 9QH

Fierce Festival, Kate McIntosh: All Ears

All Ears

Performers are so frequently on stage as the audience enters that it barely warrants notice, but in McIntosh’s piece it is significant - it is the first instance of her observing us as a collective. She is not just sitting of course. She is watching and apparently noticing. Deborah Pearson responds to All Ears.

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Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL

Fierce Festival, Chris Goode and Company: Weaklings


I am greeted by the following sign when I arrive: ‘‘Weaklings’ performance contains scenes of a sexual nature and content that some viewers may find disturbing’. I can’t wait! I don’t leave the house for anything less. Review by Leo Francisco

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Birmingham Open Media (BOM), 1 Dudley St, Birmingham B5 4EG

Fierce Festival, Emily Mulenga: Orange Bikini

Orange Bikini

‘Orange Bikini’ visualises the psyche of a woman of colour, revealing her powerful and resilient spirit and subtlely acknowledging anxieties around beauty ideals. Review by Lynnette Miranda

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