Twofold: the Particularities of Working in Pairs

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3 - 4 March at 1:30-6pm / 11am-6pm

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Friday 3 March, 1.30-6pm & Saturday 4 March, 11am-6pm

Twofold: the Particularities of Working in Pairs is a day-and-a-half long symposium investigating how practitioners in a range of settings work in pairs. Marking the end of artist Karen Christopher’s long-term duet series The Difference Between Home and Poem, the symposium asks: why do people so often work in pairs? What is the significance of working in pairs? And what is unique to the duo as a form?

Your ticket pays for admission to both days of the symposium. 

Hosted by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre and Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, and supported by Generic Skills Funding via Corkscrew: practice-based/led research at Birkbeck. Presented at Birkbeck School of Arts and Camden People’s Theatre.

Friday 3 March

Venue: G10, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

1.30pm                Registration/refreshments

1.45pm                Welcome/introduction

2pm                     Different scenes

This session brings together speakers from a range of settings to talk about the idiosyncrasies of working in pairs. Featuring a presentation from London-based performance duo Przymierska Morgan.

3.30pm                Common bonds

This session of presentations and screenings explores themes of intimacy, vulnerability and the social dynamics of working in pairs.  Featuring presentations from Emma Bennett, Karen Glossop & Paul Murray, and Vanio Papadelli & Tania Batzoglou.

5pm                     Tea/coffee

5.15pm                Plenary conversation

6pm                     Day ends

Saturday 4 March

Venue (11am-1.30pm only): CPT, 58-60 Hampstead Rd, NW1 2PY

11am                   Tea/coffee

11.15am               Recap/reflect

This session reflects on the previous day’s presentations and conversation. Featuring a presentation from writer Mary Paterson.

12.05pm               Duet performances

This session consists of performances of two new works-in-progress.

Tin Can People, The Katie & Pip Project

The Katie & Pip Project celebrates the relationship between Katie, a 14-year-old Type 1 Diabetic girl and ‘Pip’ her 4 year old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis. A piece of devised storytelling, the show explores the pairing between humans and dogs, as a vehicle to exploring compassion and companionship in the human social condition.

Tin Can People are an exciting emerging company from the north-west who have shared work over the UK. We have developed and nurtured connections with Fuel Theatre, Word of Warning, Derelict, Andy Smith, Preston City Council and more. We are an artistic collective led by Charlotte Berry & Rob Gregson.

Double Tracking, The Duet

The Duet is a live-performance video where I conduct an interview with myself on screen about the peculiarities of working together as a couple. The interview will be an honest review of how I work with myself, the difficulties faced when creating performance work, and the limitations of relying on each other for live performance.

Marcus Orlandi is a performance artist and curator. He has been commissioned by Camden Arts Centre, artsdepot, Shuffle Festival and The Nunnery Gallery, London. He has performed in galleries and theatres in England and was the recipient of the Kingsgate Emerging Artist Award. He lives and works in London.

1.30pm                Lunch break (on your own)

Venue (3-6pm only): G10, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

3pm                     Creative processes

This session explores processes of artistic collaboration and exchange across artforms and disciplines. Featuring presentations from Mira Loew & Jane Frances Dunlop, and Julie Brixey-Williams & Libby Worth.

4pm                     Work/life

This session considers the relay between work and life and the role of shared space in collaborative artistic relationships. Featuring presentations from Teri and James Harper-Bailie and Marta Zboralska.

5pm                     Tea/coffee

5.15pm                Concluding reflections

This session closes the symposium with reflections and discussion.

6pm                     Day ends

Image credit – Alex Eisenberg

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