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  DERMOGRAPHIA (from LONE DUETS)  Live performance   Material  2-4 hour durational performance with pig carcass, aluminium structure, and fluorescent lights.  Exploring skin as a site of inscription and performative value,  Dermographia  juxtaposes the static body of the dancer with the carcass of a pig. The two bodies, representing the sacred and the profane, remain locked in an embrace between the living and the dead. As time passes, binary distinctions erode and the still life gives way to a trembling momento mori.  Between 2005 and 2008, Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly developed  Lone Duets  – a game of ‘performance chess’, a viral investigation into the form and nature of collaboration.  Employing contamination and infection as dramaturgical devices, Hancock and Kelly cultivated a series of 6 solo performances, each made in response to the work of the other, each grappling for the space between.  The resulting works are a series of visceral, intimate, and queer events, both moving and spectacular: Richard Hancock  Dermographia  (2005), Traci Kelly  In Season  (2006), Richard Hancock  Postures A-to-M  (2006), Traci Kelly  The Mirror Pool  (2007), Richard Hancock  Open Wound  (2007), Traci Kelly  Rupture  (2008).   Lone Duets  was presented for the first time in its entirety as part of a New Moves International commission for the National Review of Live Art (UK), in 2009.     Performed  Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, DE (2009) National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, UK (2009) Tramway, Glasgow, UK (2007) The Powerhouse, Nottingham, UK (2005)  Photo credits: Luke Warda
       
     
  IN SEASON (from LONE DUETS)  Live performance   Material  2-4 hour participatory performance with pig carcass, red wine, olive oil, salt, meat tenderiser, and fluorescent lights.  There is a space between bodies, between flesh and meat, between the kitchen and the altar. Drawing close, surfaces meet, collapsing distance and defying borders.    In Season  interrogates the territory between the naked and the dressed, the surface and its erosion, as soiled hands work their stains upon rawness, abrading and soothing as they go. In this ritual between skins, fluid and granular membranes spread and spill, relationships are forged, dissolved and revisited through a process of perpetual preparation.  Between 2005 and 2008, Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly developed  Lone Duets  – a game of ‘performance chess’, a viral investigation into the form and nature of collaboration.  Employing contamination and infection as dramaturgical devices, Hancock and Kelly cultivated a series of 6 solo performances, each made in response to the work of the other, each grappling for the space between.  The resulting works are a series of visceral, intimate, and queer events, both moving and spectacular: Richard Hancock  Dermographia  (2005), Traci Kelly  In Season  (2006), Richard Hancock  Postures A-to-M  (2006), Traci Kelly  The Mirror Pool  (2007), Richard Hancock  Open Wound  (2007), Traci Kelly  Rupture  (2008).   Lone Duets  was presented for the first time in its entirety as part of a New Moves International commission for the National Review of Live Art (UK), in 2009.     Performed  Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, DE (2009) EPAF, Warsaw, PL (2009) National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, UK (2009) The Powerhouse, Nottingham, UK (2006)  Photo credits: Richard Hancock, Marco Pustianaz
       
     
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  RUPTURE (from LONE DUETS)  Live performance   Material  20 minute performance with anatomical heart drawing, rainbow-coloured maggots, scalpel, and suspended platform.  The opening of the body and the colon of a conversation…  Rupture  is a meditation through the surface and a heartfelt desire to spill all. It is neither a visceral wasteland nor a redemptive act. It is a superficial scratching and a longed-for incursion, a cleaving of layers, the confluence of inner and outer worlds in a pellicular bleeding. With mouth and anus tightly closed the heart is breached and open. the wound and the promise of healing,  Rupture  is the parting of skin and the skip of a beat that posits representation as a questionable border.  Between 2005 and 2008, Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly developed  Lone Duets  – a game of ‘performance chess’, a viral investigation into the form and nature of collaboration.  Employing contamination and infection as dramaturgical devices, Hancock and Kelly cultivated a series of 6 solo performances, each made in response to the work of the other, each grappling for the space between.  The resulting works are a series of visceral, intimate, and queer events, both moving and spectacular: Richard Hancock  Dermographia  (2005), Traci Kelly  In Season  (2006), Richard Hancock  Postures A-to-M  (2006), Traci Kelly  The Mirror Pool  (2007), Richard Hancock  Open Wound  (2007), Traci Kelly  Rupture  (2008).   Lone Duets  was presented for the first time in its entirety as part of a New Moves International commission for the National Review of Live Art (UK), in 2009.     Performed  National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, UK (2009) Bob Kayley Theatre, Reading, UK (2008)  Photo credits: Lisa Urwin
       
     
  ICONOGRAPHIA  Live performance   Material  2-4 hour durational performance with pig carcass, and gold leaf.  In the fold between flesh, between hearts, and between breaths; two bodies are wrapped in a second skin, a skin that will change their economy and shed their dreams.  Iconographia  is a text that flows and ebbs, that begs, borrows and steals, and ultimately exchanges power for dust.   Iconographia  is a durational performance installation, during which Traci Kelly seals together the entwined bodies of Richard Hancock and a slaughtered pig with gold leaf. It is a shimmering meditation on ritual, spectacle, value, and loss.   Performed  InBetween Time 10, Bristol, UK (2010) Escrita Na Paisagem, Museu de Évora, Évora, PT (2009) PSi #14: Interregnum, In Between States, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DK (2008) Bodily Functions, Granary Theatre, Cork, IE (2007) greenroom, Manchester, UK (2006)  Photo credits: Oliver Rudkin
       
     
  AFTER ICONOGRAPHIA  Video Installation   Material  60 min 3 channel video (looped).  From 2006-2010 hancock & kelly performed  Iconographia  – a durational performance during which Traci Kelly sealed together the entwined bodies of Richard Hancock and a slaughtered pig with gold leaf. The work was a shimmering meditation on ritual, spectacle, value, and loss.  As the final live performance ended as part of IBT10 in Bristol, the work transferred to screen.  After Iconographia  adds another layer to the work – a further shimmering skin, that both reinforces and transcends the bodies contained within.   Exhibited  Visiting Times, Panke, Berlin, DE (2012) InBetween Time 10, Bristol, UK (2010)  Photo credits: Jamie Woodley
       
     
  I FEEL YOUR WEIGHT AND MY…  Workshop and live performance   Materials  Workshop culminating in 1-2 hour performance with blindfolds, and gaffer tape.   Concept & Choreography:  Richard Hancock & Traci Kelly  Performance (DE) : Angelina Gardner, Richard Hancock, Traci Kelly, Litsa Kiousi, Àfrica Martinez Alissa Romanow, Felix Ruckert, Jutta Schulzki, Esther-Maria Ufer, Allison Wyper, and Wayne Yung  Performance (UK):  Hannah Cripps, Sorrell Dickson, Briony Featon, Holly Frier, Naseem Manavi, Cat Palfreyman, Kaz Riley, Laura Shead, Mark Soley, Jessica Spencer, Fiona Stevenson, Ryan Taggart, Tina Tay, and Ayas Uddin  In a space between binaries… between body and mind… between self and other… between holding on and letting go… I am unable to watch and unwilling to look away… between inside and out… between then and now… between sucking in and breathing out… I bare witness……I am slave to your rhythms  The collaborative practice of hancock & kelly is built on a long-term engagement with the body as a shifting set of cultural and material circumstances. The body is considered as a site on which a fluid and unstable set of power relations are set into play.   Building on a series of exercises developed by hancock & kelly, and drawing on those of other practitioners and the discipline of Authentic Movement,  I Feel Your Weight and My…  is a workshop is designed to test the physical, conceptual, and emotional limits of the body. Participants are encouraged to experience the breaking points of their own physicality while tracing the edges of their colleagues’ own collapse.   The workshop focuses on sensory engagements at the point of failure. Specific attention is paid to the logging of that experience, and to the role of the body as witness and eventual testament. How is the body, and its performance, framed by the witness and their testimony? How does language and testimony serve to locate and orient the body? How are our bodies oriented, and where do those trajectories take us?   The workshop culminates in a public performance inspired by the process.   Performed  Schwelle7, Berlin, DE (2009) De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (2009)  Photo credits: Mathew Lewis Video credit: Liz Rosenfeld
       
     
  I_LAND  Live performance   Material  60 minute performance with shredded white cotton dress strips tied into connecting blindfolds.  Without vision and open to the elements, Traci Kelly and Richard Hancock hold each other to account. Small movements and adjustments threaten them with a watery demise. A lifeline threads between, challenging the notion of distinct bodies.   I_land  is a site responsive duet, taking place across water. Hancock and Kelly respond to the impulses of the connecting rope and environment, paying attention to their own position in order to safeguard the other.   Performed  Between Sea & Sky III, Herdla, NO (2011)  Photo credits: Nisa Ojalvo
       
     
  PULSE  Live performance   Material  60 minute performance with shredded white cotton dress, wire coat hanger, and barbed-wire electric fence.  On the island of Herdla, site of a World War II Nazi military base, Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly begin walking at opposite ends of the island’s perimeter fence. A metal coat-hanger bandaged to Richard Hancock’s hand is looped around the electrified barbed-wire, making each step along the uneven pathway a tentative navigation between currents. As Traci Kelly proceeds along her trajectory, cutting strips from her clothing, she wraps the exposed barbed-wire in the white cotton shreds.   Performed  Between Sea & Sky III, Herdla, NO (2011)  Photo credit: Nisa Ojalvo
       
     
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