Deliverance is going to Berlin!
We have been invited to take part of the inaugural residency program with ZK/U: http://www.zku-berlin.org/.
And from Sunday 5th August, 18:00 CET - Sunday 15th August, 18:00 CET, a performance of Deliverance will unfold outside the Platoon Kunsthalle, Schönhauser Allee 9.
Getting there: http://www.kunsthalle.com/berlin/contact-berlin
Please come along!
Deliverance is a durational live art piece and an ongoing artistic enquiry from performers and artists Kat Henry, Penny Harpham and William McBride. Deliverance disrupts life’s regular patterns to ask a city: How do you live?
‘Simple, adept and a sensation. Any arts festival is better, more fun and more pertinent for this show.’ - Peter Goers, ABC Radio, “Sunday Mail” columnist and Adelaide Festival board member.
‘An incredible initiative.’ - 891 ABC Adelaide.
‘Something very special.’ - Radio Adelaide
In its most recent execution, Deliverance was a 10-day durational performance at the 2012 Adelaide Fringe, which saw the artists enter a 6 x 5m outdoor space with nothing. They did not leave the space for 240 hours and during that time they invited their audience to enable their survival.
You can read more about this experience in the Frequently Asked Questions.
[Press release from Deliverance at the Adelaide Fringe, March 2012.]
An Extraordinary Durational Performance at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
When: Continuously, from March 7th, 2012, 18:00—March 17th, 2012, 18:00.
Open: Monday—Friday 5pm until late; Saturday and Sunday 10am until late.
Where: Gluttony, Rymill Park/Mullawirraburka, Cnr East Tce and Rundle Rd, Adelaide.
At 6pm on March 7, 2012, three performers will enter a 6m x 5m outdoor performance space, with nothing: no provisions, no objects, no shelter, no clothes. They will not leave until 6pm March 17, and in that time they invite their audience to enable their survival.
Deliverance will play out over these ten days in a 30m² space marked out on the lawn of Rymill Park/Mullawirraburka at the Adelaide Fringe Festival’s Gluttony venue. Performance artists Penny Harpham, Kat Henry and William McBride will call on their audience to engage in an extraordinary performance-artwork, continuing unbroken for a total of 240 hours.
‘Deliverance’—the action of being rescued or set free—visits itself upon the performers, who, in beginning with nothing, free themselves from the burden of material goods, the burden of time, the burden of plans, the burden of control. In turn, the audience is presented with a basic request: provide for us, help us to survive, and in the act of giving you will be set free.
In Deliverance, nothing is wasted, nothing is lost, nothing is taken for granted. Everything we are offered will be gratefully received, and treasured, shared or put to use. We invite the people of the Adelaide Fringe to visit us repeatedly throughout the performance.
This is an artwork about faith, risk and vulnerability, and also about resourcefulness, process, discipline and survival. Beginning with a most basic premise, Deliverance opens itself up to endless interpretations and manifestations. It is unknown what will become of this piece, these performers, this space, after ten days on the lawn at Gluttony.
Deliverance was first performed over a 40-hour period at Metro Arts in Brisbane in 2011 and is being delivered to Adelaide with the generous support of Gluttony and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Watch this performance via a live, 24/7 online video stream [url forthcoming] and visit us regularly as part of your festival ritual. The performance is free.
[Image credit: Siggi Slater, 2011.]
Deliverance had its first public outing over one weekend in Brisbane as part of CROSS-STITCH: Without Apology, from Metro Arts’ FreeRange 2011. Below is the original Facebook explanation we gave for this prototype of Deliverance:
For 40 hours, we enslave ourselves to set you free:
We do not leave 3m x 5m
_ _ _ _ _
so you may leave behind […],
the g h o s t /
the wretched ambition/
We remain so that you might dissolve: your manacled wrists turn to
You are perfect.
Stella Electrika, Penny Harpham and William McBride will be living on a cold, bare Metro Arts stage for 40 hours, waiting for you and your offerings, dependent upon you and your offerings.
Join us, at any time of the day or night.
We enter the stage with nothing. Feed us and we will make a feast. Clothe us and we will give you warmth. Give us your rapture, your crisis, and deliverance will be yours and all of ours.