thecityandthecityandthecity mbOdied.

How can we understand the physical flows through this specific place and time in relation to constellations of urban thought? Can the bodily connection to these thoughts be mapped or choreographed or understood? Carolyn Deby (an artist and choreographer and currently artist in residence at UCL Urban Laboratory), who works internationally as sirencrossing, will be concerning these questions from an embodied perspective through movement, sound, text, place and video. Highlighting interactions with spaces, gazes and thoughts that lie beyond the boundaries of the institution and consider interleaved layers of an urban existence.
The site-specific choreography is limited to fourty visitors at a time who`ll be experiencing the performance by travelling together in and around the UCL`s Bedford Way building: In particular, flows between people, ideas, practices and territories within the Urban Laboratory, and between it and its surrounding ‘everyday’ contexts, will be explored as a series of simultaneous ‘cities’. “The movement of audiences through time and space is as important to the work and the experience as is the devised movement of ‘performers’ or the juxtaposition of events, images, words, sound and place that might occur during the course of a piece. The use of place centres on exploring and revealing the psychogeographic topography of specific urban environments”, Deby explains on her web-site, and furthermore: “I am interested in the collision between the built environment of cities and the forces of the natural world. It seems to me that the human body is itself the repository and the meeting point for all the conflicts, dreams and fragments that are generated on the border between concrete and green. I am most interested in the places where the city cracks open, or is forgotten: the places where decay and dereliction open up the possibility of seeing the city in an altered light.”

thecityandthecityandthecity mbOdied
a site-specific choreography by Carolyn Deby,
UCL Bedford Way building,
26 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th January 2012
two shows nightly: 6:15pm + 8:15pm
free entrance
limited audience capacity – booking required


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