THE MIRROR POOL (from LONE DUETS)
1-4 hour participatory performance with red wine.
The Mirror Pool is an intimate transference rippling in the hands of the audience. It is a place of ‘becoming’ without destination.
As polished surfaces seep and reflect and the grotto overspills, the act of exchange becomes a warm and unstable encounter. It is a slippery place at the boundaries of skin, and a commitment to placelessness that is not quite sealed with a kiss.
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.
National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, UK (2009)
The Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2007)
Photo credits: Sian Stammers