Staging Conversations

by Liz Kirk Channing and Fié Neo

Staging Conversations is the coming together of two languages; wearable art and movement.
A three year long collaboration and development, this project is a sharing of the conversations and connections of a growing and evolving friendship. It is an on going experiment of how experience can be communicated through contrasting creative art forms.
This section is on grieving and how the overwhelming sensation of loss can be comforted through this sharing and friendship.

Attempts on Attempts

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Attempts on Attempts is based on Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her life. This adaptation was staged at Central Saint Martins, Studio Theatre 30 Nov – 1 Dec. The actors are staff working across the university and this piece, Kinda Funny which I designed and directed, featured Shaun, the face of student services office at Central Saint Martins. This piece is about misogyny, racism and arms ownership set in an American white trash living room. The TV plays violent football game footages which then switches to CNN mass shooting news reports.

“It’s been twenty years since Crimp wrote this play. What’s changed? Less shootings? Less racism? Less extremism?”

Sally at Trafalgar Square, Welcome Refugees demonstration

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Some of the messages pasted on Sally are:

“The citizens who don’t understand Islam – the ones who has a mentality like ISIS – cut off the neck of innocent soldiers. The news didn’t mention how these citizens behaved to innocent people. More than 300 people dies including police officers, soldiers and civilians in Istanbul.”

“It would be much easier to process and mourn if these motherfuckers didn’t honk and celebrate their fucking ‘victory’. 260 people dies and people are happy. Very good job beheading innocent privates who had no idea about the coup and didn’t fire a single round. I can’t believe this shit and I can’t sustain my frustration and anger. It’s not easy to get used to live with ISIS – mentality on a daily basis ffs.”

“These children are stressed, tired and incredibly vulnerable. They are trying every night to negotiate climbing onto lorries on the motorway. The whole point of the Alf Dubs amendment was about an immediate response not setting up a process. I can’t stand the idea that we will lose another child.”

“They sent me because my life was in danger. No one is safe in Afghanistan. There is not enough food now in Calais. We are hungry.”