Playing on Deptford’s historic location as a crossroads for traders, adventurers, wanderers and pilgrims, in collaboration with the Deptford Society, this project for a trail of exciting site-specific live performance interjections will take place along the culturally diverse High Street on 7 December 2013.
A playful twist on the iconic first sentence in Italo Calvino’s literary work opens up an exploration of meta-reading, reception and the narrative struggle, and inspires ‘performances of tales’ told by fellow travellers met at points of rest, food and drink, full of discovery, myth and falsehood.
This one-day event takes place across various sites along Deptford High Street, from the Carribean takeaway to the Vietnamese grocery store, and aims to temporarily reclaim urban and commercial spaces as sites for performative story-making. Live performance artists will engage the local community and attract visitors from other areas in discovering the increasingly lively heart of Deptford.
Just returned from their travels with the travelling trunk project, MOVE W I T H (OUT) in Venice and Belgrade, this programme of live performance work is curated by Something Human, a curator collective, who presented Freshly Packed / Always Check the Label, a series of live performance interventions presented at various sites across southeast London over the summer, exploring themes related to the body and food, and the Terminal, a durational live art event in South London and streamed internationally.
This project was created for the Deptford Society, with the kind support of the Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency.
Curated and produced by Alessandra Cianetti and Annie Jael Kwan
Curatorial Assistant: Anna Viani
FITTING ROOM by Lorena Lo Pena
Venue: Red Carpet Boutique, 6 Deptford High Street, Deptford, London SE8 4AF
Time: 2 – 4 pm
FITTING ROOM is a response to the standards of beauty and the ‘ideal’ of a female body imposed by the media and fashion industry in our society. Through the performance, the artist struggle with her own body size to ‘fit in’ clothes and will attempt to modify it, as much as she can, with cellotape. Finally, she reaches her release after a ridiculous amount of cellotape is covering her body and she can hardly breathe, recognizing and reconciliating with her own body.
Lorena’s experience as an experimental performer began in 2002, and she has been creating Live Art projects from 2009 to the present. As an Artist she investigates, explores and creates performance pieces within the topics of gender, identity and body politics; the locus of her work is ‘the personal’.
Memory High Street by Jennifer Williams
Venue: Chaconia, 26 Deptford High St, London SE8 4AF
Time: 12 -4 pm
Journeys can be short or long, hard or easy and take place physically, metaphorically, intellectually and emotionally. After a journey, we rest, refresh and reflect. Join us in Chaconia Café to rest and refresh, whilst reflecting upon your journey so far and what has brought you to Deptford High Street on a winter’s afternoon. We will be creating a collage of journey memories from Deptford and London, using maps, images, written stories, historical documents, drawings, found objects and photos.
Jennifer Williams attended the University of Sydney, the Actor’s Centre Australia and was a World Interplay 2009 delegate. She has performed her writing in the USA, Australia, Ireland and the UK. A member of Creative Connections (Ireland) she created live art works for the 2011-2013 Cork Midsummer Festivals.
The Spiritual Journey by Suwanna Promtangtrakul
Venue: A2Z Furniture, 30 Deptford High St, London
Time: 2.00 – 2.15 pm, 3.45 – 4.00 pm
An exploration of the “self” and the “place” in between the “lost” and the “found” of life. The journey of life that displays the “lost and found” state of mind.
This site specific performance explores a “spiritual journey”.
Suwanna Promtangtrakul is currently a MA student at Goldsmihs college, university of London.Suwanna is a freelance actor, performer and director since 2007, her works involved Physical theatre, Butoh dance, spoken theatre, performing art and experimental film. Her debut in physical theatre with B-floor theatre in The Otherland production in 2009. Her first own directing production was in the reading project with Crescent Moon theatre in 2011. Her first debut in UK is THe S-P-A-C-E at the old police station in march 2013 focus on the media and the political issue in Thailand at that moment.She continue her work in “ghost is (In)visible” in November 2013 based on the turbulence political situation in Thailand.
Peddlers of Ideas by Sally Labern
Venue: Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St, London Borough of Lewisham, London SE8
Time: 1.30 – 3.30 pm
Sally Labern of the drawing shed will perform ‘Peddlers of Ideas’ – easy to spot in full garb and without licence, Labern will be of no fixed abode, circulating freely ideas of the trifling / the artist / the radical / the prosaic and the most odd….instagramming out into the ether / taking heed and taking counsel / your ideas will flood into the Deptford Commons!
1. a person who sells from door to door or in the street.
2. a person who tries to promote some cause, candidate, viewpoint; Sometimes pedlar, pedler.[C1350–1400; Middle English pedlere, unexplained alter of peder, derivative of ped(de) basket]
3. To occupy oneself with trifles.
Sally Labern is an artist using drawing, film, sculpture, performance, text and social media. Her work explores boundaries between private and contested public spaces, repositioning the hidden and the found. Sally co-directs the drawing shed based in east London with Bobby Lloyd where they collaborate with locals and build bridges with fabulous projects in and out of E17!
Lonely Traveller by Donna Combe
Venue: Deli X, 156 Deptford High St, London SE8 3PQ
Time: 12.00 – 12.45 pm, 2.45 – 3.30 pm
A lonely traveller in a cafe……..winter…….nothing out of the ordinary. But, beneath the surface, how is that, really? What could it mean to go indoors, to warm up, to partake of sustenance? This piece gently explores stereotypes and rituals that prevail, particularly around social exclusion/isolation, maybe even homelessness – how would we know?
A café is a café is a café, or is it? An invitation to observe, to experience, to come in from the cold.Before you continue on your journey.
In collaboration with Sam McGowan, with thanks to Rhys Davies.
Trained at Goldsmiths’ College; 93-96. Her career has varied from Street Theatre (in many venues including The World Expo in Shanghai for the British Council) to Theatre (tours & rep). 2013 Theatre includes; Bottom in ‘A Midsummer Nights’ Dream /BurntOut T. C., & ‘Gather ye Rosebuds’/Swivel T.C., -Winner Best New Play at Brighton Fringe Festival. Screen in 2013; 2 short films, (Little Red & The Ring Cycle), a comedy sketch pilot & a feature film (Tea & cake), plus ‘Frankie’ , for BBC1.This is her first performance art piece.
Do you want one? by Megan Miao
Venue: Lai Loi, 180 Deptford High Street, Deptford, London, SE8 3PR
Time: 12 – 4 pm
I was on my way to a new city when I met someone who told me, “Bring oranges when you travel.” A bag of oranges will bring you friends and alleviate the motion sickness as well as the sickness of loneliness. You can make friends by sharing an orange, and endear yourself to all the kids too, she said. We talked for a while longer, and upon reaching the city I found a market and bought a bag of oranges. Lais Loi, a family run Vietnamese grocery shop, has been in Deptford for over a decade and is the site of this performance about sharing and travelling. There will be free oranges at this event.
Hanqing (Megan) is an artist based in London, UK. She was born in Shanghai and raised in Singapore, moving to London in 2011 to pursue a Fine Art degree at Central Saint Martins. Working with conversations and collected knowledge as material, she creates work about the uncertainty of reconciling distance across psycho-geographical boundaries. She enjoys listening to stories about people’s lives and losing herself in unknown places. Apart from making art, she also curates exhibitions, travels on shoestring budgets and works part-time at a Vietnamese supermarket.