an autobiographical performance lecture about class, witnessing, and who gets left out of “history”
“I think you are astutely funny on stage, but what I really enjoy is how you make it ok for us to go deeply into something serious, long enough to be thoughtful and reflecting and thankful, actually.” – Dr. Simon Bowes, commissioner.
Anchored was initially made for the conference ‘Hold Everything Dear: John Berger and performance’ at the University of Greenwich in April 2018.
We are performance makers: we are looking ever closer at the detail of where we are now so that we may lose our bearings.
“Surrounded by so many abstractions, they have to invent and share their own transient landmarks.”
We hope to come back, to find ourselves elsewhere.
This performance meditates on achorlessness across three threads:
performative writing gathered around autobiographical reflections on place and silence
field recordings and lullabies from Alan Lomax’s archive
footage of everyday materials magnified by a factor of 400
Text, song and image weave together exploring what remains when we lose our anchors of place and time.