Put On Your Red Shoes

‘Put On Your Red Shoes’ was an interactive installation for ‘Constructing the Self: David Bowie’ which was a show celebrating the life and work of David Bowie. The show was led by the Black Hole Club, of which i am a member, for Vivid Projects in June 2016 and also served as a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.

David Bowie’s constant re-creation of his onstage identity is something i share, using costume and personas to re-create myself in my performance work. This was an invitation to dance, in a communal celebration of the man who raised the bar, and brought true strangeness and experimentation into the mainstream in a way few ever achieve. 150 pairs of red shoes were available to dance in.

Thanks to Birmingham Opera Company and friends for the loan of shoes.

Strike A Pose

Strike a pose was a solo performance commissioned by Vivid Projects for their Queer Traces programme in May 2015. It was performed at mac Birmingham in a night that included performance and Q&A with Harold Offeh.

Strike a pose is half an hour long. I worked with photographer Timothy James Pratt (Open Aperture UK) to create still images of a choreographed selection of poses in advance of the performance. During the live performance the images play on the projection behind me at a rate of one minute per image. I attempt to hold each pose for a minute, the continued effort in my body making the perfection behind me impossible to recreate and maintain in real life.

This performance shows the impossibility of maintaining, or even attaining, an image and the effort we go to to try despite that impossibility.

 

 

Photographs by Timothy James Pratt

 

 

“We all, at one time or another, have lusted to walk a ballroom floor”. Queer Traces. Exploring image, identity and voguing.

Great write up of Queer Traces: Harold Offeh Covers night held by Vivid Projects with mac Birmingham. For my performance in the event I worked with Open Aperture UK to create a film/visual piece behind my performance.

‘From Visions’ SPILL Festival of Performance 2014

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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions’, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, photo by Tom Mountford

‘From Visions’

Welcome to the temple of the Goddess and the Whore.

Join the congregation. There will be rites of passage, meetings with the Goddess in an exchange of the ultimate height of love. As either participant or onlooker we welcome you.

The Whore dances the motions of life, lost in repetition. The Goddess on a higher mantel looks over to her muse and consort, as the time of the Whore is only how the Goddess achieves all her lessons, learns of life and woes.

This is a ritualistic performance by Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, distant Sisters who work collaboratively from intuition based on visions.

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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Tom Mountford
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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions’, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, photo by Tom Mountford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Tom Mountford
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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Tom Mountford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Tom Mountford
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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Tom Mountford
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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Tom Mountford
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Priya Saujani and Kate Spence, ‘From Visions, SPILL Festival of Performance 2014, Photo by Tom Mountford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 31st October 2014 Priya and I performed ‘From Visions’ at SPILL Festival of Performance, 2014. SPILL is a fantastic festival and it was incredible to be included in its program this year. We not only had the opportunity to present this work but also to see many performance pieces that challenged, delighted and left us exhausted but enthused.

We feel this work is very important in the feminist dialogue and Spill gave us this opportunity to speak.

We are continuing to evolve our work together and hope to bring you more in 2015!

See a short clip of footage of our performance on SPILL TV (we start at 2:14 into the clip National Platform 1)

http://spillfestival.com/spill-tv/