Dates and Times
Wed 24 Jan at 9pm
Part of Calm Down Dear, a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance. The festival runs from Mon 15 Jan – Sun 4 Feb. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest.
Presented by Fen
A sci-fi feminist epic inspired by Vaporwave and gaming culture.
Let us take you through an oddly melancholic dream as we as we journey into the depths of hell and escape to a distant world.
Combining found text, art animation, dance and an original soundtrack, PSYCHOPOMP is the typical heroic sci-fi quest, cut up and redistributed with a female protagonist. Constructed in sharp, abstract, cinematic chapters and entirely soundtracked with original Vaporware music, we follow a woman who journeys through a neon haze of nostalgia to the depths of hell in the technological age.
“I’ll leave a light on for you, pure as sunlight”
Vaporwave emerged in early 2010 as an art movement and a micro-genre of electronic music. It incorporates early internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art and cyberpunk tropes. Sometimes defined as ‘a half-remembered dream of an unfamiliar world’, Vaporware tells a narrative through music, pushing the listener to feel inexplicable things.
Gaming culture and Vaporwave are predominantly male-orientated. PSYCHOPOMP is a badass, female-driven addition to the culture. The performance samples and re-appropriates found text from sources including video game and science fiction film scripts, online gaming conversations and interviews with female gamers / women from the tech and programming industry.
Presented by Fen, an emerging company who explore the crossover between the human and digital.
Written and directed by Maisie Newman.
“Here is theatre at its most important: revelatory, witty and didactic without ever sermonising” A Younger Theatre on Spill
About the company
Maisie Newman is a bristol based director, choreographer and digital artist. Her work combines tight ensemble movement with anarchic and visceral choreography focussing on the female voice, body and the physical language of dissent.
Fen is an interdisciplinary performance company from the South West. A collaboration between Maisie Newman and Rowan Evans.
Image credit (c) Maisie Newman