CIDRA Research Theme 2012: Science, Technology and the Arts

Peggy Shaw and Clod Ensemble present:

MUST: The Inside Story

Tuesday 13th March, 5.30pm

The John Thaw Studio Theatre, Martin Harris Centre

… a journey through the shadows of a city, a map, a pound of flesh…

In collaboration with Clod Ensemble, legendary New York performance artist Peggy Shaw takes the audience on a journey across the landscape of her own body.

Renowned for her own gender bending autobiographical work, she recounts her extraordinary experiences of the medical profession from her current perspective as a 65-year-old lesbian grandmother. MUST weaves together the stories of a lifetime – giving birth on the way to Woodstock, her mother’s electric shock treatment in 1950s America, the loss of a loved one – with projected microscopic images, and live musicians performing a powerful score for piano, double bass and violin.

‘I keep finding the future inside of me, I can hear it really loud Coming like a field of windmills, or a hive of bees.’

Inspired by images from Gulliver’s Travels, Hildegarde von Bingen, The Elephant Man and the endless microscopic images of the medical profession – MUST takes a hard stare at the medical gaze and humorously questions the assumptions people make about each others bodies.

MUST explores specifically ideas of ageing , medical history, sexuality and difference and the bringing together of the medical and poetic, counter-pointing a medical view of the body with a poetic one.

An internal event for staff and students of the University of Manchester.  Sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIDRA), the Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP), and the University of Manchester Drama Department.

The event is free but booking is required as places are limited (first come, first served).  For more information see:

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