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Mary Pearson is wrestling with FAILURE. One Night ONLY-!

Left standing at the disco… Caught naked on the red carpet… Gathering dust after the big sale… Expired. Bagged. Tagged. And recalled. FASHION VICTIM, ASPIRING POP DIVA and CHRONIC UNDERACHIEVER is consumed by delusional fantasies of commercial success.

My debut solo was a step in a process of liberation -- not about failing on stage. I wanted to break apart my limited perceptions of achievement. To challenge my inherited ideals, and standards of beauty and femininity absorbed from ballet and the culture industry. To critique self and body as marketable products. To reclaim myself as a dancer, without losing my sense of humour.

A re-branding moment that subverts self-as-brand.

FAILURE creates waves of audience amusement, outrage, empathy, embarrassment, frustration, relief, hope and wonder.

Ingredients: 14 kg dried kidney beans, pink pedestal, 3 control undergarments, tropical bikini, high heels, sequin dress, pink wig, diamante eye patch, tiara, dressing screen, garbage can, microphone, loop pedal, pitch pipe, duck caller, 12 pink feather fans, spray bottles, and cowboy hats, 1 cigarette.

Photo: Mark Loudon Image: Mary Pearson

Photo: Roser Diaz
Photo: Roser Diaz

at Tempting Failure festival: I'm sitting on a pink plinth wearing silver sequin dress with leg slit, clutching microphone and singing with sunglasses

Photo: Roser Diaz
Photo: Roser Diaz

at Tempting Failure festival: I'm standing in a circle or dried white beans, wearing pink high heels, a long hot pink wig, black eyepatch, beige control undergarments; pink bows are tied around my knees and shoulders

Photo: Mark Loudon
Photo: Mark Loudon

Close up of upper body in a silver sequin dress: dried white beans pour like rain on my face and chest

Photo: Roser Diaz
Photo: Roser Diaz

at Tempting Failure festival: I'm sitting on a pink plinth wearing silver sequin dress with leg slit, clutching microphone and singing with sunglasses

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Photos by Mark Loudon and Roser Diaz 

Tour dates 2013-2014

March 2nd, 2013 Camden People's Theatre: SPRINT Festival, London 

May 22nd, 23rd & 24th,  2013 The Nightingale Theatre: Brighton Fringe, Brighton 

May 26th & 27th, 2013 The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 

May 31st, 2013 Physical Fest 2013 at the The Unity Theatre, Liverpool 

July 13, 2013 Ponderosa Tanzland Festival, Stolzenhagen, Germany 

October 3rd, 2013 The Rose Theatre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk 

October 30th, 2013 The Unity Theatre, Liverpool 

December 7th, 2013 Summerhall, Edinburgh 

April 1st & 3rd 2014 The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 

12th June 2014 Performing Arts Studio Scotland, PASS Theatre, Edinburgh 

November 8th, 11pm Tempting Failure festival at  The Island, Bristol

works in progress

February 2012 Earthdance, Plainfield, Massachusettts, USA

May 2012 ‘Fest Live’ at Physical Fest, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

June 2012 ‘If Only…! Festival at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

July 2012 Ponderosa Tanzland Festival, Stolzenhagen, Germany

"Pearson is a veritable multimedia show in herself"

 

"Outstanding in her range and concentration"

- Total Theatre

 

“By turns dazzling, vulnerable, hilarious and tender”

“strikingly eloquent physicality and irrepressible charm”

“She commands your total attention, and rewards it wholeheartedly. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”

- Exeunt Magazine

 

"She has a warmth and an unguarded quality that is instantly appealing" 

- Fringe Review

 

"If you can imagine a live, feminist version of a Tarantino movie - simultaneously grotesque, exciting and uncomfortable" 

- Broadway Baby

Created and performed by: Mary Pearson

Made in collaboration with: Hannah Silva, Jules Beckman, Mamoru Iriguchi, and Jamie Wood

Developed in residency at Earthdance (USA) and The Bluecoat (Liverpool) with public funding from Arts Council England