The Facebook page for the workshops I shall be running June-August at Raven Row can be found here
Introductory workshop to ‘Elements of Performance Art’
with Anthony Howell
Wednesday 7 June, 6.30–8.30pm
Book your place via Eventbrite: https://elements-of-performance-art-workshop-7june.eventbrite.co.uk/
‘In Case there’s a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes’
30 June-6 August 2017
Workshops from ‘Elements of Performance Art’
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5pm, 30 June–6 August
Raven Row is preparing the first exhibition to survey the ground-breaking practices of interdisciplinary performance art group The Theatre of Mistakes (1974–81). This will include live works as well as an archival presentation of scores, video material, notations and designs etc. A significant component of the exhibition includes the unique opportunity to participate in public workshops with Theatre of Mistakes founder Anthony Howell throughout the exhibition, on an ad hoc or regular basis.
During the early years of the Theatre of Mistakes (1974-6) such workshops were held in public and private spaces around London. They were open to all and attended by artists and students from different disciplines: writers and poets; dancers and choreographers; visual artists of all media and architects. Participants would develop instructions and games-based exercises under a basic rubric: that if you designed an exercise then you were in agreement to perform those by others. Over these two years the group noted and recorded hundreds of these exercises, which core members Anthony Howell and Fiona Templeton refined and distilled into their 1976 publication, Elements of Performance Art. Arguably, this publication is the first manifesto/manual for Performance Art in the UK. It will operate as a starting point for Howell’s workshops and ‘free sessions’ at Raven Row.
As an introduction and taster to the forthcoming workshops, Anthony Howell and Raven Row will be hosting an informal gathering, at Raven Row, on the evening of 7 June, as above. We look forward to welcoming those interested in the workshops but ask you to please register your attendance on Eventbrite (please see link above).
There will be further opportunities to enrol for these workshops during the course of the exhibition. Details will be available at the gallery and posted on Raven Row’s website.
To gain an impression of what these workshops may result in, and to hear Howell discuss this early phase of Theatre of Mistakes, please see http://parsejournal.com/article/towards-a-purposeful-accident-elements-of-performance-art-via-the-ting-the-theatre-of-mistakes/ which documents a session held at the University of Gothenburg in 2015, convened by Jason E. Bowman, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the university’s Valand Academy and curator of this exhibition.
During the exhibition there will also be performances of Going, directed by Fiona Templeton. This was a later performance by the core group of the company. It evolved out of the company’s interest in “Being not acting.” Instead of acting, could the company members “be each other?” Here is the structure of Going