Raven Row, London: Thursday 20 July, 6.30pm
Some Reasons: A Panel Discussion with The Theatre of Mistakes
Anthony Howell, Julian Maynard Smith, Lindsay Moran, Miranda Payne and Fiona Templeton with curator Jason E. Bowman and Alex Sainsbury
Members of The Theatre of Mistakes re-gather to discuss its work, practices and modus operandi. Over its duration (1974-81), the group pioneered new forms of systems-oriented performance in what can be seen as an expanded conceptual endeavour. More than 35 years after its dissolution members from various phases of the group’s iterations will reflect on its modes of production, the pursuit of mutual art and the meanings of their commitment to structures.
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In Case There’s a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes
Until 6 August 2017
Artists’ group The Theatre of Mistakes (1974-81) pioneered a structured performance art traversing architecture, choreography and poetry as well as visual art. They formed in London in the early 1970s from a series of open workshops at which instructional and games-based exercises were the focus. These came to inform The Street (1975), a performance with the residents and environment of Ascham Street in Kentish Town.
Fiona Templeton and Anthony Howell distilled the performance exercises into a publication, Elements of Performance Art (1976), arguably the first manifesto for performance art in the UK. A core group of six performers (Mickey Greenall, Glenys Johnson, Miranda Payne, Peter Stickland as well as Howell and Templeton) then agreed to produce contained and systematic works for a five-year duration. Later, ‘mistakes’ were explored through a series of trios, duets and solos and Julian Maynard Smith joined the core group.
Live elements in this exhibition mark two key phases of The Theatre of Mistakes. Each afternoon in the galleries, with open participation, Anthony Howell will re-visit exercises from the workshops, while each Friday and Saturday evening performances will take place of Going (1977).
The Theatre of Mistakes logged its working life, practice and processes in detail. The exhibition reveals this unique legacy of documentation and notation, and includes videos, photographs, a great variety of spatial and choreographic notations, as well as diary texts.
The exhibition is curated by Jason E. Bowman. For further booking information about Going and information about participation in the workshops, please see www.ravenrow.org