Accumulations Gathering (1): A participatory event
Accumulations is a research and development project involving four female movement artists based in the North West. Interested in how women’s work and play (as mothers, in industry, as artists, as activists and philosophers) have influenced and supported their artistic practices, the artists are exploring methods for engaging with these histories through movement and dance, reading, walking, writing and discussion with a range of different people. On Saturday 5th March the Whitworth’s Grand Hall will host Accumulations, as the public are invited to take part in the project through the following strands:
Performance: Dani Abulhawa and Sara Spies will be performing ‘Form Work’, a durational piece created from a performance score and involving participation from visitors to the space. The score borrows a structure from the construction process involved in the building of transitions for a skatepark and which aims to inscribe bodies in space and to generate a community through the building process.
Conversation: Throughout the performance, Amy Voris will be having conversations with visitors on the subject of women’s work, asking people to speak about their great grandmothers, grandmothers & mothers’ history of work and about their vocational grandmothers. Participants will then be invited to make a contribution to a shrine to women’s work.
Films: Special screenings of two films that have been created as part of the project. The first, Untitled (Elsie and Hannah), is a collaboration between Hannah Buckley, her Nana, Elsie Brown, and filmmaker Sarah Hill, which is inspired by American choreographer Trisha Brown and her iconic solo Accumulation. The second, Untitled (Vagina), uses extracts from Naomi Wolf’s book Vagina and was created with the help of over thirty volunteers aged between ten and ninety-two.
March 5th 2016
The Grand Hall
University of Manchester
Oxford Rd, M15 6ER