TRIPSPACE PROJECTS in Haggerston, London E8, is proud to present ‘LIMEN’, a festival of performance work by Hackney-based artists November 22nd/23rd
TRIPSPACE PROJECTS is a new performance space in the fast rising East London area of Haggerston. Situated in two beautifully converted railway arches at Acton Mews, Haggerston E8, one arch is a superb cultural space holding classes and performances in dance, physical theatre and more while the other arch is the highly rated TripKitchen complete with outdoor terrace.
Over the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd, TripSpace is curating LIMEN (‘threshold’), a two day durational exhibition of performance featuring an outstanding lineup of emerging artists, many of whom reside and work in Haggerston and Hackney.
At TripSpace the co-curators of ‘LIMEN’, Giuliana Majo and Pepa Ubera, have been workingon the concept of ‘LIMEN’ with a view to bridging the gap between established and underground artistic institutions. The curators have responded to MIRRORCITY: 23 London artists on fiction and reality; which is curated by Dr Stephanie Rosenthal and runs until January 4th 2015 at Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery. With great insight TripSpace have themselves programmed a weekend of performance, dance, music, discussions, and film on similar topics and exploring similar questions to the Hayward Gallery’s exhibition.
MIRRORCITY features recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in London who all seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in our digital age. The exhibition presents artworks in a wide variety of media including painting, film and video, sculpture, drawing, sound and performance all of which address the effect of the digital on our lives. The art works also reflect the shifting, complex and multi-faceted nature of London itself. For the artists in this exhibition London is a place where they can question and negotiate the space into which art is supposed to fit as well as push boundaries. Building on a history in which artists have assessed and evaluated the effects of broad social, political and technological change on our lives, this exhibition asks: ‘what is our current experience of reality?’
TripSpace is the brainwave of artists Montse Ventura, Giuliana Majo, and Peter Fiala whose mission is to cultivate artistic ideas around the body and performance and make them a reality through creating and programming performances and developing relationships with like minded artists and organisations.
TripSpace, Arch 339-340, Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
November 22nd 4pm to 11pm
November 23rd 2pm to 8pm
Tickets: One day: £15/£10concs. Both days: £20/£15concs
Artistic director Giuliana Majo says: “Although TripSpace is still a very young performance space, we have, in the last year, curated an enormous amount of performances and events. We are thrilled to be presenting LIMEN.. At TripSpace we’re about the body and we aim to create a fantastic experience for the audience, to engage as many of the senses as possible. We will be presenting work that can’t be labelled or boxed up to open minded audiences who are keen to experience something new. Working with the Hayward’s theme of ‘what is real?’ has inspired us to revisit the idea of ‘performance space itself’ and consider the best way of presenting TripSpace within that theme.
“The space we will use for the festival is more like a gallery space than a theatrical setting which I think will increase the appeal for audiences. We will present a ‘durational exhibition of performance manifesting in an overlapping stream of events’ that will inhabit all the spaces of the venue and will blur the boundaries between audience members and performers.
“There’s a huge hunger for the arts in the area and new spaces are springing up all around us – TripSpace is really doing something different; quite simply there’s no one like us in the capital and we’re bringing new art and offering excellent work to audiences whose tastes range from music to film to theatre to dance.”
Dr Stephanie Rosenthal commented: “It’s been interesting to work with so many artists across London when curating MIRROCITY and our discussions also extended to those with curators and organisations such as TripSpace . Hackney is an incredible area for experimentation in the arts and we share and support Trip Space’s interest in the overlapping of digital information and physical space.”
LIMEN will be presenting work by the following individuals and companies:
Marina Collard and Kate Johnson - The Body In and As Space: By arranging and rearranging 20 dancers, while inviting audience members to move through the evolving performance, Marina and Kate adjust and explore the building’s interior. The dancers stir and still the space to allow the space itself to become the dominant performative object.
Owen Davey and Sammy Patterson present a series of short films on the themes of in-between spaces, London, Mirrorcity and otherness.
Marguerite Galizia - This is a Square: (photo left) A blend of live performance and real time video projection in a commentary on perception, perspective and our notion of what is real.
Charlie Hope – From The Ether: An electronic ouija board, connected to 26 participants, searches online social media for information which it spells out through a series of electric shocks. The séance will try to decipher the nature of the communications from the electrical ether.
KidsTheseDays – BodyMouth: A projected image of a large mouth reacts in real time to the participant’s movements. Pre-recorded speech is reproduced in relation to the size and rate of movement.
Giuliana Majo - Space Hopping: An interactive installation about the barely imperceptible...the audiences performs a journey through an everyday space transformed into a poetic space.
Anton Mirto - Earning Innonce /4: Installation performance that explores ideas about finding and hiding the self.
Michael Picknett and Company – Whispers: (photo left) Using memory and shared experiences this encounter between performer and audience asks if it’s possible to share a memory.
Polbrone - ForeLoop-Backloop: Polbrone is the new music project of brothers Andrea Salvatici and Simone Salvatici (former of Clorinde). Their music fluctuates between musical improvisation, sound exploration and evolving drones. Polbrone like contrasting effects, melodies that gradually destroy and decay, combining acoustic instruments with digital processing.
Pepa Ubera & Josefina Camus - Ellipsis Land: Real time performance that invites the audience to re-inhabit the space occupied by the body and its surrounding context.
Kajsa Wadhia & Maria Stiernborg - The Disengaged Free Jazz Orchestra: (photo left) Confronted with the exhaustion of the possibilities of creativity, the performers use indifference and laziness as a message of resistance and response to a society promoting artistic mass production.
One of the aims of the November festival is for TripSpace to throw open its doors and show visitors how its unique environment can work for contemporary movement projects, body awareness practice, and theatrical experimentation. Since the studio opened in 2012, it has gradually improved facilities and is now confident of offering a unique space to artistic practitioners as well as members of the local community and dance and theatre students.
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TripSpace co-artistic directors: Montserrat Ventura, Giuliana Majo, and Pepa Ubera.
Giuliana Majo is the Artistic Director of TripSpace Projects and has more than 13 years of experience as a curator, producer, choreographer and performer. She graduated in 2005 from London Contemporary and developed her studies further in creating and devising theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts. She has worked with many choreographers and directors such as Melly Still, Rick Nodine, Finn Walker, Maxine Doyle (Punch Drunk) and has been supported by The Place, Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House to name a few. She co-founded TripSpace with Montse Ventura and Peter Fiala in 2010 in order to support her own work and the work of like minded independent artists.
Montserrrat Ventura trained as a dancer at Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and at Trinity Laban in London. She has worked with a number of dance companies including Ballet Contemporani e Barcelona, Compañia Pendiente and Jose Vidal and Friends; from 2004-10 she was deputy house manager at the Hackney Empire and is a co-founder and co-director of TripSpace.
Peter Fiala, the founding patron of TripSpace Projects, has a long association with funding arts and related projects ranging from interests in a film distribution company to supporting emerging artists. Peter was a city financier for 15 years before leaving to set up his own business.
Pepa Ubera was awarded a Dance Web Scholarship programme in 2010 at the ImPuls Tanz Festival to show her choreographic work in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Vienna. She has been an artist in residence at micadanses Paris, Charleroi-danses Brussels, Matucana 100 Santiago de Chile, among others.