Moving Presence through Failure – Deborah Black/Mary Pearson

May 21st, 2016

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

SATURDAY 21ST MAY 10am-5pm

An alchemy of perspectives: Viewpoints improvisation opens up individual and collective choices using space and time, and FAILURE Lab draws from contact improvisation, comedy, voice, and continuous writing. Combining these approaches will heighten our sense of ‘here and now’, through choice-making in improvisation, and a critical awareness of popular culture. Deborah Black is an American dance and theatre artist, now based in the Netherlands. Mary Pearson is an interdisciplinary performance maker based in Liverpool.



Metal Culture, Edge hill station, Liverpool

FAILURE Lab is open to anyone interested in body-based performance. Improvising and devising using the movement, voice and text, and creating images with objects and materials. It especially engages participants to question societal narratives, and the boundaries of their artistic disciplines.

This time we are at Metal  where I will be a resident artist until June 2016


WEDNESDAYS IN APRIL April 13, 20, 27, from 6:30-8:45 pm

TUESDAYS IN MAY May 3, 10, 17, from 6:30-8:45 pm


contact me for registration details

Contact Improvisation

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

Weekly class, led at different times by local dancers, Open to all bodies and levels of experience.

contact: Mary Prestidge for more information


Tour History

FoMO, mofos! (Fear of Missing Out, motherf***ers!)

A kaleidoscopic meditation on the digital age state of being. Modern myth, cautionary tale and cinematic visual feast.

up next


FoMO, mofos!


Friday 6th October 6, 7:30pm
Waterside Art Centre,
1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF

Wednesday 11th October, 7:30pm
The House, Plymouth University
Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA





LEAP Festival, Liverpool

8th March, 2017


Edge Hill University Arts Centre, Ormskirk

14th March, 2017


Chisenhale Dance Space, London

5th May, 2017


Autumn 2017 tour to be announced. 



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



performed as a double bill with Jamie Wood at

Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

April 4th & 5th, 2014


And as part of Physical Fest 2014

The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

May 24th, 2014


FAILURE (& other opportunities for non-linear success)

Solo performance bringing together visual absurdity with contemporary dance, comedy and social commentary. Written, directed and performed by Mary Pearson.

In collaboration with Jules Beckman, Hannah Silva, Mamoru Iriguchi, and Jamie Wood



Camden People's Theatre: SPRINT Festival, London

March 2nd, 2013

Archive 1Archive 2 


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

Liverpool Sound and Vision


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

Failure (out of context)

April 5th & 6th 2013

'L'Âme-de-Fonds' Festival de Danse Composition Instantanée. La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

A spontaneous collaboration between Mary Pearson and visual artist/performer Anne-Sophie Malmberg (Berlin).

Uses vocal score from FAILURE (& other opportunities for non-linear success) originally devised with Hannah Silva (UK).

Raven Sinclair-Edmonds performs ‘Father Time’

4th December 2011

The Penny Readings at St. George's Hall, Liverpool

Raven Sinclair-Edmonds (USA), Merseyside Poet Laureate and Distinguished Chair in English Letters. Ranked #1 female poet in the world for 'Girth of Venus' and recipient of the 1999 Poetry Society of America's Oxcart Prize. She now lives in the Wirral.





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