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Almanac 2016: HannahMary (brierley hill, United Kingdom)

Almanac 2016: HannahMary (brierley hill, United Kingdom)

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Provocative ideas and concepts that emerge for me personally as an artist from the pomegranate are in connection with my blood condition and fertility as a woman, as well as being a young person suffering a long term disabling illness that interlinks and progressively exaggerates these concepts for me. The symbolism of the pomegranate in Greek Mythology: Persephone – Persephone does not have any known offspring even though Her myth is directly associated with Fertility and the seasonal cycle. After Hades the God of the underworld wanting her to be his bride tricked her into eating a pomegranate, she was cursed to have to return for so many months a year to the underworld. The Goddess of fertility and ripe seasons having to spend half her existence within the shadows of death, returning to spring the world to life. This piece looks at many aspects of the condition of ITP ; Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura and the psychological effects this condition has caused for me over time. However it can also be interpreted within any of the boundaries of fertility, struggle, loss of youth, loss of control, the need to consume, the toxic relationship that develops during obsession or addiction and the struggle women have with the responsibility and expectation of pregnancy, motherhood and feeling ‘Ripe’. The audience stands with backs against each wall , so that it is performed in the round. There is not much space between me and the audience and It can be viewed from any angle. This is so they are within the ritual im performing whilst remaining seperate. They are observers.

Production History:
Fargo Village Coventry, Asylum Gallery Wolverhampton, Aberystwyth University


Artistic Statement:
I obtained my joint degree in Theatre and performance studies in July 2013 and since graduating have developed two solo shows that encompass poetry, choreography, unique scenography, organic sound production and projections to deliver powerful and emotional imagery to the audience through endurance performance installations. I have toured these pieces round several spaces , online and will continue this during 2016, developing my third piece for showcasing. I have also been working with an Art community interest company for the past year, which enables artists to develop and showcase their work. As head of communications I run their promotions, correspondence and talk to the artists about how best to develop their show for an exhibition. This means I have great access to a diverse collection of people and their artwork in many mediums I love failure, which is fortunate for the lack of motivated rehearsal I have for my life. Through my own suffering with severe failings both physically and mentally , I’ve found creativity, inspiration, understanding and the empowerment of accepting destruction. I try , I fail , but I don’t change nor wish, but acknowledge and try to fail better. Its far more interesting and far more human. My performance work and my poetry focuses around the organic. Natural responses to emotions , environments and the inclinations of my body. I try to recognize, accept and give in to the traumas my body experienced or is experiencing and delve into their mysterious without judgment.






Photo by: Mental Images

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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