Elaine Mitchener (UK)

Wed 26 Oct 2016

Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House

Photo by Fabuo Lugaro


The durational piece [NAMES] is a chapter taken from Sweet Tooth, an anthology of music/movement-art work.

In this representation of the work Mitchener focuses on the names enslaved Africans were forced to take. By removing their birth names this was a deliberately cruel and decisive effort to rob them of their identity and humanity.

Taking a contemporary viewpoint on this period, [NAMES] tests and explores ways of confronting and feeling a past that continues to groan and shift restlessly in our present.

A vocalist working in the area of movement art and noted for her unique melding of styles ranging from contemporary classical, gospel, jazz, sound poetry, free-improvisation and movement, Elaine Mitchener has worked with a range of leading musicians and artists in this area.

  • Presented by SPILL Festival of Performance, in partnership with Aldeburgh Music

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