Emma Mary Hall – Ode to Man
Event Title: Ode to Man
Artists: Emma Mary Hall, Prue Clark, Izumi Pennicott (Baast)
Site Number: 37
Site Location: Little Woods Gallery, 1 Langridge St, Collingwood
Date: Friday 22 July 2016,
Duration: 45 mins.
A farewell to men and a lamentation on the death of heroic masculinity, Ode To Man is a darkly comedic poetic performance essay celebrating the unmarried woman as agent of social change. Through live exchange between VJ and poet, the work subverts and rewinds images of masculinity, adventure and heroism, from classical sculpture to nostalgic cinema, and asks how these cultural tropes influence our economic futures and romantic ambitions in a world where women dare dream to have it all.
This is a work in development showing.
Prue Clark and Emma Mary Hall are Melbourne-based theatre artists working in text-based experimental performance. Their last work, We May Have To Choose, was a solo theatre work delivering 621 personal opinions in rapid fire over 45 minutes. The piece toured Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe before receiving three awards at 2015 Melbourne Fringe, two 2015 Green Room award nominations (Best Contemporary and Experimental Performance and Best Contemporary and Experimental Text) and a 2016 WA Arts Editor Award nomination at Perth Fringe.
Izumi Pennicott is a Melbourne based video artist who works under her own name and the performance pseudonym of Bääst. Izumi’s work includes VJ performance at large scale music festivals, such as the Future Music Festival, Big Day Out and StereoSonic, as well as more intimate band rooms and performance spaces around the world. Her piece A+B premiered at last year’s Gertrude St Projection Festival on the walls of the festival hub at Catfish.