Monday 12-Friday 23 June
Image credit: Tess Letham by Kerstin Hollube, Hidden Door Festival
This new work is a darkly comic, one-woman dance theatre performance that takes the form of a live mockumentary.
Through a multidisciplinary approach, the show explores the pervasive denigration of women in celebrity culture. Harmony Banks is a fictional character who was created by delving in to mainstream contemporary culture to question what society, and in particular women, are conditioned to pursue. Harmony exists in an alternative world, which allowed me to playfully shine mirrors on certain cultural stereotypes, and makes a special appearance as an invited guest in my recent show “Remedy for Memory”, as a famous figure in the commercialised love industry. During this residency I will be developing an expansive timeline for Harmony, her rise and fall. Predominately based in character exploration, this new project will delve into ideas for a solo feminist show which explores themes of female media targets and what happens after the spotlight fades. The work will incorporate distinctive physicality and embodied voice/text, as well as testing out ideas through filmed scenes in connection with the main framework of live performance.
Tues 13 & 20 Jun | 10:00-11:30 | Company Class | Free | BOOK HERE
Tess’s classes are inspired by David Zambrano’s Flying Low & Passing Through methods. Class begins with playful exercises that connect us to ourselves, to the space and to each other, travelling, spiralling, curving and weaving through pathways in the room.
Fri 23 Jun | 16:00-17:00 | Residency Sharing | Free | BOOK HERE
Tess and collaborators will share performance material she has explored over the two weeks of residency, followed by an informal discussion and written reflections to gather feedback and thoughts to inform further development of the work.
*Please note that this event may contain nudity.*
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