Sat 31 Mar - Sun 1 Apr 2012 | Sat 31st: 8.30pm // Sun 1st: 7.30pm // Duration: Up to 1hr 30 mins | £12/£9 (Day pass: £19/£13)
The New York tour-de-force returns with the UK premiere of this fearless performance.
A bare-breasted woman with long hair, a silvery mermaid tail and reptilian contact lenses writhes lasciviously in a plastic basin. Rasping Katy Perry’s Firework into the microphone, she butchers a raw fish and tries to peel herself out of her slippery skin. She is a mermaid, retelling her life story. But whereas mermaids are Disneyfied in modern culture, in folk tales they seduce, capture and kill sailors. Their allure is inescapable. They are sexualized but also grotesque fish creatures who are, in fact, sexless. We are disgusted, intrigued and turned on.
Following re-interpretations of Snow White and Cinderella, Ann Liv Young has now turned her attention to The Little Mermaid. Uninhibited, unselfconscious and thriving on interaction, it is the response of the spectator, provoked by Young’s corporeal rather than linguistic dialogue, that determines her performance.
Performing here for the fourth time, the Arches is delighted to welcome back one of the most inimitable and controversial performance artists of the current moment. Known for her combative stage persona, shocking physicality and raucous relationship with her audience, Young’s work explores issues of femininity, feminism and transgression. Always brave, always controversial and always utterly original.
“Vulgar, raunchy, funny and ear-splittingly loud”
Time Out New York
Why not make an evening of it with a Behaviour Day Pass for just £19/£13? Call 0141 565 1000 to book yours now:
Sat 31st March
7pm-8.10pm Gob Squad: Adventures In Remote Lecturing
8.30pm-10pm Ann Liv Young: Mermaid Show
Part of Behaviour 2012, the Arches’ festival of live performance.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”