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Women's Writing for Performance
Date: 27 April 2006
Free One day workshop
Speaker: Marisa Carnesky
Influenced by illusion, folklore, burlesque and inspired by her own Eastern European heritage, live performers in the fairground, and particularly the tradition of the tattooed lady, Marisa Carnesky has been making inter-disciplinary performance work for over a decade. She trained as a dancer, visual artist, and performance artist and produces work, which, whilst exploring notions of cultural identity, sexuality and gender, touches the fantastic and the provocative. She has performed on a regular basis with shows that combine modern performance with the spectacular style of the cabaret and the freakshow. Marisa's recent work includes: Carnesky 's Ghost Train, an authentic touring ghost train ride featuring spectacular visual, digital media and magic effects; and "Jewess Tattooess", where her own markedly and beautifully tattooed body is the focus of a work that examines her relationship to Jewish culture and the Holocaust through elements of Yiddish and victorian melodrama, the macabre French Grand Guignol theatre, and the German expressionist films of the twenties.
Marisa will lead a practical workshop on devised performance exploring the use of popular entertainment forms such as magic, burlesque and fairground in new performance and how they can be used metaphorically to explore wider themes.
Participants will be asked to bring one of the following to the workshop:
This workshop is part of a three-year practice-as-researchinvestigation into women's writing for performance led by Elaine Astonand Gerry Harris. Over the three years, a series of three and five dayworkshops will be held at Lancaster University, with a final symposiumtaking place in 2006.
Who can attend:
Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
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