THE SPILL FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE IS AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIVE ART, ACTIVISM AND PERFORMANCE PRESENTING THE WORK OF EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.
THE DURATIONAL PIECE [NAMES] IS A CHAPTER TAKEN FROM SWEET TOOTH, AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUSIC/MOVEMENT-ART WORK.
In this representation of the work Mitchener focuses on the names enslaved Africans were forced to take. By removing their birth names this was a deliberately cruel and decisive effort to rob them of their identity and humanity.
Taking a contemporary viewpoint on this period, [NAMES] tests and explores ways of confronting and feeling a past that continues to groan and shift restlessly in our present.
A vocalist working in the area of movement art and noted for her unique melding of styles ranging from contemporary classical, gospel, jazz, sound poetry, free-improvisation and movement, Elaine Mitchener has worked with a range of leading musicians and artists in this area.
Presented by SPILL Festival of Performance, in partnership with Aldeburgh Music