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.
‘Three Duets’ is a video installation with sound work and objects. On film Robert Pacitti performs three separate duets, one each with Sheila Ghelani, Juliet Robson and octogenarian Angela Rodaway.
With Ghelani, the pair enacts a series of unusual rituals in adjacent identical hallways, seemingly suspended somewhere between the institutional and the intimately personal. Pacitti and Robson appear durationally in a succession of static outdoor shots to camera. These tableaux are gently subversive – they belie truths about the physical and sexual identity of each performer – and as such these innocent faux family portraits become highly volatile games. The third duet presents fragments of story and memory as a projected pulsing text, a deliberate attempt to describe the friendship of a younger man and older woman based not on difference but on shared politics, activism and belief. ’Three Duets’ is a game of looking which challenges assumptions around difference. That the three are shown at the same time, alongside a deteriorated puppet theatre on a plinth, subtly begins to piece together musings on life, death, sex and transformation.