Refusing Performance – The Attitudes

Madeline McNamara will be performing at the Festival of Uncertainty in Auckland, organised by Stephen Bain and taking place 20-23 March.

Madeline writes:

I try to explore in my body and voice some of the white resistances to challenges about power and privilege .

This fragment is inspired by the eighteenth century’s original voguer Lady Emma Hamilton and her “Attitudes”. These static, non speaking performances/tableaux vivant were a form of ‘mime art’, a cross between postures, dance, and acting. Performed to the European elite of the day as a form of popular entertainment the subject matter was based on specific historical and mythological characters.

This is part of a work I live with which includes unhappy performatives, an act of impossible necessity, unmoored manouvres, and when giving is taking.

Madeline will perform during the opening night concert, 7.30-9.30pm on Thursday 20th March. The venue is the Old Folks Assn. Hall on Gundry Street and entry is free.