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“Sheer magic… you could revisit this piece over and over and always find new dimensions, new insights.” – ‘The Glasgow Herald’
An accident at the cross-roads between video & live presence. A smash up at the intersection of performance & the script. A Director & Actress splayed across the dissecting table, waiting for the Understudy to walk on & corpse…
Forging an intimate dialogue between the audience & the performer, the artist & the creative process, the live presence & the visual art object, ‘Trans Acts’ sees Julia Bardsley continue her exploration of visual and theatrical modes with long-term sonic collaborator Andrew Poppy.
Act One: an exhibition prologue of pinhole photographs, flick books & projected suicides.
Act Two: the artist undergoes a further transformation, assuming the role of the Director, part animal, part human, part male, part female.
Act Three: an attempt at transcendence, concerning a battle of doubles, the desire for the horizontal & the seduction of the curtain. There are accidents & miracles, displays of beautiful wounds, dreams of damage done by the tongue & the gun, a shadow with ‘magic’ written on its eyelids and falling in reverse.
All is witnessed in close proximity by an audience of twelve.
Julia Bardsley has worked as a film & video maker, visual artist, performer and theatre director. As co-director (with Phelim McDermott) of dereck, dereck Productions, works include ‘Cupboard Man’, ‘Gaudete’ and ‘The Vinegar Works’ (Almeida). She has directed at the Bush and National Theatres, ICA and Donmar Warehouse. As a result of a three year NESTA Fellowship, she created the ‘Trans-Acts Trilogy’, premiered in 2005.