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Artist’s expressive and uncompromising work

Liz Aggiss

Liz Aggiss

After 60 years, the grande dame of anarchic dance Liz Aggiss finally gives herself permission to do what she well pleases.

Her new show The English Channel plays Brighton Dome Studio Theatre on Saturday, February 8, at 8pm.

Spokeswoman Nicola Jeffs explains: “The English Channel is the story of a career forged in the heady waters of performance art and dance-film. It vividly depicts Aggiss resuscitating herself back into the on-stage limelight.

“In the process, she becomes an unwitting channel for wilful women and forgotten archives; a conduit for hidden histories and buried truths. She is your cunning connection to the other side; a witty commentator on life and death; on the pain, pleasure and paradox of the stage.

“Using her body as the medium through which to act out and act up, the choreography and texts (written by Aggiss) are framed by contemporary and archive film (Joe Murray). The specially-composed music score (by Alan Boorman/Wevie) includes some knock-out musical numbers. Surprise guests are channelled into being. On a stage of chaos anything can happen, nobody can leave, everyone is present. Knock twice for yes.”

Nicola added: “The English Channel brings together Liz Aggiss’s significant experience and skills as a choreographer, dancer, writer and film-maker.

“It is the Brighton-based artist’s first new live solo work for many years. Creating her work for stage and screen, Aggiss is driven by content that embodies feminist dance practices and is framed by the politics that challenge and resist the authority of formal conventions. Blurring the boundaries between high art and popular culture, she makes expressionistic, uncompromising, challenging work characterised by a trademark grotesque stylized performance vocabulary.”

Tickets: 01273 709709 or brightondome.org.

 

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