Artists and performers Carl Gent and Linda Stupart present their new co-written play commissioned for the ICA Theatre on the occasion of the exhibition I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker.
As our boat rocked in that terrible place – the sky buzzing with Black Hawk helicopters and snowy white egrets – I had the distinct feeling that we were suspended not in water but in amniotic fluid, immersed in a massive multi-species miscarriage.
– Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, 2014
Deep within a number of stalks, the water is rising up from the bottom; the marsh is mucking and rising, thickening dead fish skins; theres no need to come when everything is sparse, thick and sparks; i come fast.
– Kathy Acker, Pussy King of the Pirates, 1996
Acker’s final published text, Eurydice in the Underworld, harnesses the Greek mythology of the heroic trip to hell; refocusing the story’s centre away from the male hero and onto the dead girl, who has been murdered by a snake.
Katabasis refers both to a journey into the underworld, and a trip to the coast. In times of climate crisis, hell – the realm of the dead, the scorching, the boiling, the rotting – is also situated at the sea, as waters heat, melt and rise.
In this low-fi musical extravaganza – which flows between beach and underworld – Carl Gent and Linda Stupart animate the animal, alien, and abject actors in our current climate apocalypse – most notably Ecco the Dolphin, who has lost their pod and must (like Eurydice, Orpheus and so on) travel deep beneath both time and space to rescue their missing and possibly dead kin.
Only a fool will now attempt to stop us girls. To halt our ecstatic singing. The death of season isn’t blackness, but another kind of light.
All Us Girls Have Been Dead for so Long is performed by Clémentine Bedos, Andrew Ferguson, Carl Gent, Linda Stupart, Kelechi Anucha and Virgil B/G Taylor, with costumes by Susan Jane Dunford and music by Perple Celotape.
Sat, 06 Jul 2019
£7 Full, £5 Green/Concs, £4 Blue Members
The dialogue of this play will be captioned and projected onto two walls of the theatre, visible to audience members.
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