October, dates TBC
Autumn 2018: Weekend intensives on devising, composition and choreography skills and methods.
November 17/18th Liverpool, UK
November 24/25th Bristol, UK
Brussels, Belgium dates TBC
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is an exploratory, experimental workshop with a performance focus, open to curious people and practitioners from all backgrounds.Especially suitable for those interested in body-based performance, and multi-disciplinary improvisation.
FAILURE Lab includes elements of: contact improvisation, dance, clowning, play, comedy improvisation, devising and choreography, visual composition, costume, voice and text work, and continuous writing.
Mary draws from an eclectic mix of philosophical thought from cultural, queer and feminist theory, and influences from contemporary performance and dance makers.
“I had some of the most profound experiences of my creative life in the lab.”
- Dr Scott Thurston, Reader, English and Creative Writing at Salford University
There is nothing really similar being offered in Liverpool - it is utterly unique.”
- Brendan Curtis, Bearded Child Theatre
FoMO, mofos! (Fear of Missing Out, motherf***ers!)
Enter here and now. How did we get here? How do we get down from here? Imagine a murder mystery seen through a kaleidoscope. A journey through retro technologies into the digital age. Clues are dropped via captured images, cult film references to Antonioni and Lynch. Identities blur, privacy is invaded, a Tarantino-inspired female killer vanquishes demons to return us to the here and now.
FoMO, mofos! reflects on the consequences of continuous self-exposure on the psyche. With social media hyper-connectivity comes hyper-vigilance: we watch each other, whilst being watched. Does excessive screen use breed rampant desire?
Inspired by research collaborations with: STEPHANIE AUBERVILLE (FR/Brussels), LEA KIEFFER (FR/Berlin), DEBORAH BLACK (NYC), HANNAH BUCKLEY (Leeds) and ANTHONY CAIRNS (Liverpool)
Made with: ALENA KUDERA costume design ANTHONY CAIRNS, JULES BECKMAN, ABBY CRAIN outside eyes MARY ANN HUSHLAK dramaturgy PHIL SAUNDERS lighting design BARRY HAN audio remastering
Initially made possible through a 'Time and Space' Residency at Metal Culture, Liverpool and with public funding from Arts Council England. Further gratefully acknowledged support from residencies and early showings at Unity Theatre and Physical Fest (Liverpool) and Au Brana Cultural Centre (France), and producer Leo Burtin, The Making Room.
For Tour History 2012-2018, click 'other performances'
A kaleidoscopic meditation on the digital age state of being. Modern myth, cautionary tale and cinematic visual feast.Inspired by collaborations with: Stéphanie Auberville, Lea Kieffer, Hannah Buckley, Deborah Black, Anthony Cairns
Performing Arts Department, University of Chester, 21 November 2018
Sudley Theatre at LJMU IM Marsh Campus, Liverpool, 25 Oct 2018
The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 23 Oct 2018
The Capstone Theatre at Liverpool Hope University, 10 Oct 2018
Vital Signs at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, 28 Sept 2018
LEAP Festival, Liverpool 8th March, 2017
Edge Hill University Arts Centre, Ormskirk 14th March, 2017
Chisenhale Dance Space, London, 5th May, 2017
Studio 408, Portland, Maine USA 16th June, 2017
Finnish Kaleva Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA 7th & 8th July, 2017
Waterside Art Centre 6th October, 2017
The House, Plymouth University 11th October, 2017
The Sand Dog Cometh
A multi-disciplinary solo homage to the avante-garde, to kitsch, shtick, snobbery, trash and easy laughs.
Written, directed, and performed by MARY PEARSON (USA/UK). Visual collaboration with SOPHIE MALMBERG (DK/Berlin).
The House, Plymouth University 9th March, 2016
Noh Space, San Francisco, CA, USA 28th & 29th January 2016
PADL West with Arts and Lectures Series at California State University San Marcos 2nd February 2016
The Rose Theatre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk November 10th, 2015
The Unity Theatre Liverpool, Liverpool October 14th, 2015
Decoda presents at the Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University October 8th, 2015
Camden People's Theatre, SPRINT festival, London March 24th, 2015
Capstone Theatre, Hope University, Liverpool November 18th, 2014
Bike Shed Theatre Exeter double bill with Jamie Wood April 4th & 5th, 2014
The Unity Theatre, Liverpool, Physical Fest 2014 at May 24th, 2014
Solo performance bringing together visual absurdity with contemporary dance, comedy and social commentary. Written, directed and performed by Mary Pearson.
Camden People's Theatre: SPRINT Festival, London March 2nd, 2013
The Nightingale Theatre: Brighton Fringe, Brighton May 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2013 Total Theatre
The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter May 26th & 27th, 2013 Exeunt Magazine
The Unity Theatre: Physical Fest, Liverpool May 31st, 2013
Ponderosa Tanzland Festival, Stolzenhagen, Germany July 13, 2013
The Rose Theatre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk October 3rd, 2013
The Unity Theatre, Liverpool October 30th, 2013
Summerhall, Edinburgh December 7th, 2013
The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter April 1st & 3rd 2014
Performing Arts Studio Scotland, PASS Theatre, Edinburgh 12th June 2014
Tempting Failure, The Island, Bristol November 8th, 11pm
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