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The Ballad of Isosceles - Ali Matthews

  • John Cooper Studio @41Monkgate 41 Monkgate York, England, YO31 7PB United Kingdom (map)
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Guidance - Swearing

The 4pm and 4:30pm performances will be captioned. 

This performance is for up to 8 people at a time and lasts approximately 20min. Performance times are:
12noon, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm 

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About the work:

The Ballad of Isosceles is a performance for two people at a time which can be witnessed by a larger ‘shadow’ audience from the sidelines. Through songs delivered from a distance and text spoken up close, a single performer delivers a (fake) origin myth about the birth of Envy, the forgotten tenth Muse. As she casts and recasts these two audience members as figures in her tale, a Lynchian love story to voyeurism unfolds. 

The Ballad of Isosceles was originally created as part of a residency at Contact (Manchester). 

Creator & Performer: Ali Matthews

Developed with support from Contact (Manchester), University of Salford & Catalyst Arts (Belfast).

About the artist:

Ali Matthews is an artist, singer & researcher based in Manchester. She weaves participatory experiences out of text, song and scenographic environment that are designed to play with certain ‘difficult’ affects including intimacy, distance, desire and alienation.  Her practice uses performance to problematize notions of labour and capital in the 21st century, and she is currently investigating the use of song as incantation and the creative potentials of witchcraft. 

She has presented work at venues including Contact, Arnolfini, Royal Exchange, Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Hatch, Lancaster Arts, Camden People’s Theatre, Toynbee Studios, Ausland (Berlin), Chelsea Theatre and Catalyst Arts (Belfast). 

Audience experience:

This performance is for two main audience members at a time, with a larger audience watching from the sidelines. You will enter the theatre and take a seat in either one of the two seats on stage or in the regular audience depending on your preference and comfort level. A recorded song will come on, and then the performer will walk onstage to a microphone at a distance from the two main seats. During the performance the performer will move between singing at the mic and coming down to interact with and speak to the two main audience members directly. As one of the two main audience members, you will sit in a chair with your hands at your sides and be comfortable with the performer being close to you. If you are not comfortable with this level of proximity, please feel free to sit in the regular audience. When the show ends the regular audience will leave, and the two main audience members will be ushered offstage. 

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