The Cult of K*nzo

Dates and Times

Tue 5 - Sat 9 Feb 2019 at 9pm

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£12/10 (conc.)

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Presented by Paula Varjack

On November 5th 2016, Paula Varjack found herself queuing at 4am, outside a shopping centre in east London, for the collaboration between the high-end designer KENZO and high street label H&M. Five hours later, she and twenty others were given ten minutes to shop a cordoned-off section of a store. After paying at a till staffed by applauding sales assistants, she emerged carrying the largest shopping bag she’d ever carried, in a complete  daze. What had just happened? What was it about Kenzo?   

THE CULT OF K*NZO is a solo performance combining storytelling, videography, sound design and choreography, to playfully explore one woman’s lifelong desire for luxury, the ways in which brands create that desire, and the journey of one man’s dream to become a fashion designer. Across all of these stories are outsiders, the tension between inclusion and exclusion, and the mysterious allure of high-end. Why do we want the things that we want? What’s in a brand?

Co-commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. Developed at Barbican Open Lab, ARC, Live Art Bistro, The Marlborough, The Bikeshed, Poplar Union and rehearsed at Old Diorama Arts Centre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

This production contains a chase lighting sequence. Age restrictions: 12+

Ab0ut the artist

Paula Varjack is an artist working in video and performance. Her work explores  identity, community, and making the invisible visible. Her show Show Me The Money explored making a living as an artist in the UK based on interviews with artists across art. The Cult of K*NZO tours across the UK from February to May 2019.  Paula is also in early stages of developing #thebabyquestion with Luca Rutherford, Catriona James & dramaturg Maddy Costa, exploring the inevitability of  “the baby question” on women, regardless of age.

www.paulavarjack.comTwitter: @paulavarjackInstagram: @paulavarjack | Facebook: Paula Varjack #cultofkenzo

Image credit (c) Nikolas Louka

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