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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. 

Created & performed by Ali Matthews. This project is supported using funding from Arts Council England an was originally commissioned by Contact Theatre (Manchester).

Photo: Mercurial Creative. 

Lighting Design: Marty Langthorne. 

Produced with support from Leo Burtin/Making Room. Special thanks to Scott Palmer, Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Luke Harrison & Connell Pavey for their support in developing the work. 


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). 

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