Viscera explores how we conceal, harness and perform our emotions. In this film, Bhebhe&Davies use choreography, sound and text to interrogate the slippery nature of how we express our feelings, with a particular focus on rage and its limits.
This work is a development of Bhebhe&Davies’s residency at Wellcome Collection, where they worked alongside performers, dance artists and academics. Their research explored who is entitled to fully express their emotions in different social contexts and how our identities liberate or limit our behaviour. Viscera is shaped by activist, anti-racist and feminist writing, gestures drawn from competitive sports and visceral human experiences.
The film lasts 15 minutes. Two versions play on a loop:
Version 1 : Uncaptioned
4pm, 4.40pm, 5:20pm
Version 2 : Captioning and Audio description
4.20pm, 5pm, 5:40pm
Captioned in English.
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Bhebhe&Davies is the collaborative practice of British-born Southern African performer and choreographer Nandi Bhebhe and Welsh artist Phoebe Davies. Their work spans live performance, sound and video, examining collaborative models of working across theatre and visual arts, and often working with intergenerational groups of performers and non-performers alike. As an intersectional female duo, at the core of their collaboration is an interrogation of race, gender and sexual identity, exploring the politics and power dynamics. They use the body and voice to investigate visceral human experiences, collective muscle memory and pack mentalities within social structures.
National and international highlights include working with Tate Modern (London), DKUK (London), Somerset House Studios (London), Marginalia Pictures (UK), Praksis (Norway) and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (USA).
Supported by the Wellcome Collection and Arts Council England.
Live Collision is funded by the Arts Council’s Festivals Investment Scheme and Dublin City Council Arts Office.
Project Arts Centre is proud to be supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.