ART ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL JULY 8-12 2016
Art Ensemble Festival July 8-12 2016
Certain Blacks is an arts development organisation formed to support the growth of diverse artists. The organisation support performance, live art, music and theatre and supports the creative voice of our diverse society. The aim of the organisation is to provide more diverse work for touring and performance in the UK and beyond. Our Philosophy is to provide performance opportunities for new, emerging and established artists of the highest quality. The organisation aims to challenge the norms of performance and what is seen as diverse. Certain Blacks presents art from the margins into the mainstream.
Art Ensemble will present the best in new performance at Rich Mix Arts Centre London. The programme includes work that crosses traditional boundaries of performance and challenges body and mind. Artist includes:
Friday 8 July 9pm
Lady Vendredi – ‘The Passion of Lady Vendredi’, a mythopoetic epic chronicling the misadventures, quest and ultimate revenge of blaxploitation heroine, Lady Vendedi Lady Vendredi is rising through the ranks of an extreme feminist cult called M.A.M.A. (Mothers Against Male Aggression) who believe that a female paradise can only be established by starting a gender war. M.A.M.A. has a colony of drugged male prisoners from the male-supremacist Blacksky mercenaries. With thanks to Nirtobeat £7/5
Sunday 10 July – 7.30
Franko B – Milk and Blood
Franko B Milk & Blood appropriates the aesthetics of boxing for thirteen two minute rounds of mental and physical endurance. Exploring themes of pain, eroticism, revulsion, ecstasy and masculinity, the performance becomes a metaphor for social struggle and the ability to overcome. Internationally recognised as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B uses both his body and a punch bag as democratic tools, embodying notions of the personal, political and poetic. In this unprecedented performance Franko B returns to the seminal aesthetics of the wound. Milk will bleed. ‘Looking introspectively, I can truly say that I have successfully wrecked my career as a “bleeding” artist and continued my lust for life thanks to language.’ – Franco. Tickets £7/5
Tuesday 12 July – 7.30
Crying in the Wilderness – Conundrum
Fidel embarks upon a life review in search of some answers to help him make some sense of his life.
However, despite possessing an exceptional IQ we discover that Fidel has spent much of his life drifting between careers and enduring long periods of silence. It is during one of his self imposed silence’s that Fidel identifies where his greatest battle for self worth, acceptance and happiness has to be fought.
Lured initially into critiquing society Fidel soon discovers that he has also been complicit in engineering his own demise. Perplexed by this conundrum Fidel decides to takes us on a frenetic journey of self-discovery, which begins in part to reflect our own disturbing experiences of rejection, unworthiness and failure. Tickets £7/5