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Live Collision International Festival presents a double bill of Best Before End (Curious) and Proximity to Liveness
Best Before End
Can you ever say all the things that need to be said before it’s too late?
This is what happens when you fall down slowly. As you must. This falling will feel a mix of fast and slow. In the end it will be just a quick quick slow.
Best Before End is a darkly comic performance that contemplates the inevitable frailty of the human condition, set in the moment before the moment everything changes.
Objects transform as the performance evolves, with Helen Paris navigating a minefield of the unspoken with only some cryptic crossword clues, the hokey-cokey and BBC football scores to guide her.
As with all Curious shows, Best Before End starts with a question: Can you ever say all the things that need to be said before it’s too late?
Best Before End is about failing and falling with a touch of fermenting. It’s about finding the right words when the words are hard to find.
“the entire piece is elegantly carved … Best Before End is a touching rendition of what it means to grow older”
“Work as smart as it is seductive”
The Irish Times
Written and performed by Helen Paris
Directed by Leslie Hill
Music by Graeme Miller
Produced by Artsadmin
This show was commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre and Escalator Live Art with support from Norwich Arts Centre and Chelsea Theatre; supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Proximity to Liveness
Lynnette Moran (Festival Director, Live Collision) will host a panel discussion on Helen Paris and Leslie Hill (Curious)’s publication Performing Proximity which considers the impact of space and proximity in live performance.
Relating their experience as internationally acclaimed performance artists, Leslie Hill and Helen Paris richly document their creative processes, performances and audiences’ responses in a series of illuminating case studies.
Image: Best Before End by Curious
Live Collision 2015 at Project Arts Centre:
Double Bill: Best Before End and Proximity to Liveness
Double Bill: Workshy and 27
Double Bill: Stud and Dickie Beau: Unplugged