Ann Liv Young: Mermaid Show

Behaviour 2012:

Ann Liv Young: Mermaid Show

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.

Click here to watch a brilliant and comprehensive introduction to Ann Liv Young

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.