Weeks & Whitford

Weeks & Whitford

Weeks and Whitford, Il Mangiatore Di Peccato.

Venice International Performance Art Week (2012).

Photograph by Monika Sobczak.

WHEN / WHERE

September 16th / Friday / 21:00-23:00
Gallery “POST”, Laisvės ave. 51A.

September 18th / Sunday / 16:00-17:00
Fountain in Laisvės ave., S. Daukanto str. 18.

About

“When time is enough, you can even give up for a while to watch them passively as it’s useless. A moment longer, then take a step forward, beyond the line, unravelling the invisible red threads. I’ve entered their stage. Apparent emptiness, desire of flesh and despair always present. Lights that switch on, the feast of abandonment where love and suffering melt to become one and relive all that is possible. This is a space of iconoclastic hot trash. This is the home of Weeks and Whitford.” Andrea Pagnes (Vest & Page, Co Curator Venice International Performance Week).

Concept

Weeks & Whitford make complex psychologically, emotionally and physically intense participatory durational performances involving evolving installations, specific soundscapes, choreographies of inter related actions and improvisations in response to context, site and audience. Liveness is central to their work. The use of sound scores, materials, props and actions enables them to construct personal and shared processes of transition or transformation. They address specific issues and challenges and communicate their experience of it to others. These issues, concerns and experiences become aestheticised as part of a highly personal, revelatory ongoing narrative. Their work has addressed alcoholism, cross-dressing, childlessness, caring, ageing, disability, the grind of labour, love, sex, gender, jealousy, infidelity, sin and repentance, despair, hope, faith, ritual, healing and magic. The work allows for Weeks & Whitford as two distinct people, two performers with different but overlapping languages and processes and makes difference, the negotiation of it, and the struggle to operate in relation visible. Recent highlights include: Performances at BUZZCUT festival, Glasgow, Scotland, LIVE Biennale, Vancouver, Canada, Rapid Pulse Festival, Chicago, USA, Panoply, New York, USA, MPA-B Festival, Berlin, Blauverschiebung 7, Leipzig, Germany.