The House Opposite 

Lead artist/researcher: Helen Spackman
Video and Photography: Lisa Cazzato Vieyra and Manuel Vason
Costume: Yara Burkhalter

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The House Opposite

The House Opposite: (1) perdita/contrada is a performance-installation integrating live and recorded performance, the raw material of which was generated by a 3 day period of physical improvisation in the loft and bedroom of the performer's flat in Clapham, during the Easter vacation, 2004. The piece explores themes of alienation, displacement and entrapment, juxtaposed with the drive to create, grow and nurture, and the quest for sanctuary. In process and presentation, we aim to challenge conventional distinctions of presence and absence, the animate and inanimate, the 'real' and representational, and by foregrounding the primal site of shelter, the female body, to raise issues relating to body politics and patriarchy's traditionally oppressive restriction of women's creative potential to that of biological reproduction.

The piece aims to:

  • arouse the spectator's interest and sustain her/ his attention?
  • open the text on what was initially intensely personal raw material?
  • challenge conventional perceptions of live and recorded performance, of presence and absence, of the 'real' and the representational?
  • create multi-valent imagery that both exposes and subverts patriarchal representations of the female body & femininity?
  • explore the effectiveness of the staging & juxtaposition of live & recorded imagery in terms of conveying key themes of alienation & displacement, growth & sanctuary?

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