Dates and Times
3 - 4 March at 1:30-6pm / 11am-6pm
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
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.
5.15pm Plenary conversation
6pm Day ends
Saturday 4 March
Venue (11am-1.30pm only): CPT, 58-60 Hampstead Rd, NW1 2PY
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.
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.
5.15pm Concluding reflections
This session closes the symposium with reflections and discussion.
6pm Day ends
Image credit – Alex Eisenberg