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Anthropo+Screen by-products is an ongoing performance research project, dialogue and collaboration with garment designer Alena Kudera, under alias KUDERA + MPEARSONATER.

 

In 2020-21 we are joined by new collaborator Yoav Admoni  to create an immersive performance installation highlighting consumerism, plastic waste, fast fashion, and environmental crisis.

A fashion collection made from single use plastics and materials destined for the landfill. Worn in endless combinations, the garments and accessories give sensory feedback to the body to inspire movement. Dancers shapeshift into mysterious organisms, high fashion silhouettes, shamanic figures, or piles of rubbish.

 

We aim to bring the climate crisis to a bodily level, to access emotional responses, and empathy for humans as animals ensnared by their own disposable by-products. 

Photo: Alena Kudera Image: Mary Pearson

Photo: Mark Loudon
Photo: Mark Loudon

Image: Laura Doehler in theatre wearing head mask of latex gloves, woven yellow plastic and blue ties, bare arm in front of projection of her image in forest

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video still: Anya Cloud
video still: Anya Cloud

Image: Mary Pearson, wearing 'Latex Swan' close up of dancing at water's edge on Dorset coast

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Photo: Alena Kudera
Photo: Alena Kudera

Image: Mary Pearson, wearing plastic shopping bags and food wrappers, styrofoam and plastic balls, blue ties, in sand by jagged rocks on Welsh coastline

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Photo: Mark Loudon
Photo: Mark Loudon

Image: Laura Doehler in theatre wearing head mask of latex gloves, woven yellow plastic and blue ties, bare arm in front of projection of her image in forest

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Project History

 

2020

episode ii 

August 31st - September 12th, 2020

Ponderosa Dance, Stolzenhagen, Germany.

Residency culminating in site-specific outdoor performance.

 

2019

episode i

may 27th- June 1st, 2019

Filming in mature growth forest, Llandysul, Wales.

 

june 24-29th, 2019

Filming on Jurassic heritage coastline, Dorset, UK. 

 

Sept 23- October 4th

Residencies in LJMU Sudley Theatre, and Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Sept 23, 2019  ‘rough cuts’ screening of video shorts at Metal Culture

Oct 4, 2019  work-in-progress performance installation at Unity Theatre

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2021

episode iii 

KUDERA+MPEARSONATER return with a new fashion collection. In wildlife areas, they will shoot an episode iii ‘look book’ and create a site-specific performance installation.

TBC (current engagements postponed due to Covid-19)

workshops with Mary Pearson and Alena Kudera 

 

In the studio and outside, Pearson guide movement explorations from the immersive and sensory-awakening experience of Kudera’s collection. Their textures, volumes, weights and appendages create rich sensory feedback for the body. From sensation, we can connect with imagination in a process of becoming. We will engage with the afterlife or decay of sensation, dancing as remembering.

 

We work with bodily transformation both as an internal experience and as an (unstable) image world. Could we feel our human bodies as an endangered species, between hungry extremes of excess and fragility? Can we find empathy inside our entanglement? 

postponed from 2020

Dance Research Studio, London

residency as part of Artists Exploring Ecological Crisis