The Dinner Party Revisited

Published by the Live Art Development Agency, 2015

15cm x 29.5cm, 66 pages, paperback with colour photographs throughout
Includes 2 PAL DVD (Audio Description option and subtitles)

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“Katherine Araniello is a leading light of the Disability Arts and Live Arts Scenes and deservingly so, she challenges and pokes fun at the stereotypes of disability with a surgical eye.”
Mik Scarlet, Huffpost

The Dinner Party Revisited is artist Katherine Araniello’s most audacious, ambitious and large-scale live work to date, combining improvised performance with live streaming technology, video and random interactions with audience members. Araniello was inspired by Dinner for One, a comedy sketch made for TV in 1963 and used this as a template in which she could subvert and exploit clichés surrounding disability.

The Dinner Party Revisited was a cacophonous, chaotic soiree for audience and guests alike at two London venues, simultaneously.

This publication draws together documentation of the event in the form of photographs, creative responses, first-hand accounts from performers and a feature length edit of the performance on accompanying DVD. Also included are critical and reflective essays on Katherine’s work to date by contributors Lois Keidan, Marcia Farquhar and Aaron Williamson.

Supported by Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland, with additional support from Southbank Centre.

Katherine Araniello makes work that is uncensored and uncompromising. She is skilled in exploiting disability and taking it to areas devoid of sentimentality. This publication is the first comprehensive document of Katherine’s work and gives a unique insight into her conceptual rationale.

The Dinner Party Revisited Launch Event

Date: 09 September
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Venue: White Building
Tickets: Free, reservation essential

The publication launch event will include presentations by Laura Dee Milnes and Marcia Farquhar; a discussion with Katherine Araniello; and screenings of a selection of films by Katherine.

The evening will also launch The Dinner Party Revisited film as the third title to be shown in the new LADA Screens series of online screenings of seminal performance documentation, works to camera, short videos, films and archival footage. It will be available to view for free on the LADA Screens video channel for two weeks between 9 and 23 September 2015.