Informative DVD on the activities of the agency that provides network and business development support to performing arts practitioners in Greater Manchester and across the North West of England.
In 2014 Project O (Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small) began working with Charlotte Cooper and Kay Hyatt on a show called SWAGGA. The work is rooted in dance and draws on other performance traditions, including a live soundtrack by Trash Kit and original compositions by Verity Susman. This collaboration was remarkable because it featured untrained dancers with the kinds of political bodies – fat, queer, older – that are rarely treated as creative, expressive or worthy choreographic subjects. Over two years SWAGGA was refined and performed for audiences around the country. Katarzyna Perlak documented the process and in 2016 created SWAGGA: A Study On Camera, a creative response to the live performance. The result is an extravaganza of mess, antisocial emotions and intersectional feminist sensibility.
SWAGGA: A Study On Camera was first screened by the Live Art Development Agency in 2018 as part of the LADA Screens programme, a series of online screenings of seminal performance documentation, works to camera, short videos, films and archival footage.
Documentation of the event marking World AIDS Day. Included a screening of Ron Vawter’s performance at the ICA in 1993 as part of LIFT and a conversation between Neil Bartlett and Nancy Reilly.
Documentation of the event which featured a screening of Theatre Visionary, a documentary about Abdoh, as well as a discussion with film’s director Adam Soch and director and academic Alyson Campbell.
Documentation of the evening which featured a screening of short films and performance documentation by artists working around ritual, performance and queer futurity.
Documentation from the evening in which the first recipient of the Arthole Artists’ Award, Marcia Farquhar, handed over the baton to the second recipient, Stacy Makishi.
An evening with artists readings of extracts from significant books held in LADA’s Study Room. Part of LADA at 20.
Manning extends her previous inquiries into the politics of movement to the concept of the minor gesture.
Tells the story of the theatre blogosphere from the dawn of the carefully crafted longform post to today’s digital newsletters and social media threads.
Publication about the project which brought questions of archiving performance art to a broader public. In German and English.