Barbican Theatre, London, 13th March 2013.
For one night only, Cabaret Duchamp drew together artists, performers and provocateurs. Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor and author of What Are You Looking At? compered this event in the spirit of Marcel Duchamp, the dada of Dada. Cabaret Duchamp was programmed to celebrate the exhibition: The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns. Artists and performers featured: Martin Creed, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Stewart Lee with Tania Chen and Steve Beresford, Margaret Leng Tan, Hayley Newman and Ai Weiwei.
My performance 'Crisis Cabaret' was a cabaret within a cabaret. Performing in my role as 'Self-appointed artist-in-residence' of the City of London I brought to life a chapter from my novella 'Common'. More information about the novella can be found on the publishers website: copypress.co.uk/index/common/
The pennies in this performance were originally made by artist Cat Phillipps for her interactive art-work Small Change, which originally took place at the anti-cuts demo March for the Alternative in 2011. My dress was a wearable painting by Lisa Milroy, while Steve Beresford accompanied the performance on the piano.