• Festival, Live Music and Something A Little Different
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  • 16+
  • Sat, 21st Jul 2018 @ 10:00 - 22:00
  • 10:00 - 22:00

Day thirteen of TF18

Running from 9th - 22nd July, Tempting Failure 2018 brings an international programme of noise and performance art to Croydon, South London.

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Attend this event with a TF18 Day thirteen ticket or a TF18 Festival pass. Day tickets will be available on the door for £15.

Orinta Pranaitytė - Erškėtis 

10am at Braithwaite Hall

“  impales  itself  upon  the  longest,  sharpest  spine.  And,  dying,  it  rises  above  its  own  agony  to  out-carol  the  lark  and  the  nightingale.”The  Thorn  Birds,  Colleen  McCullough,  (2013).  In  the  cultural  and  sound  based  performance,  ‘Erškėtis’  combines  the  voices  ofthree  generations  of  Lithuanian  women  in  the  family  (Vilma  Pranaitytė,  Vida  Valenti-na  Pranaitienė  and  Orinta  Pranaitytė)  together  with  an  endurance  strength  perfor-mance.  The  piece  concerns  immigration;  the  improvement  of  a  personal  situation  and  one’s  conceptions  of  the  ‘other’.  As  the  core  of  the  body  balances  its  weight  atheight,  it  overcomes  physical  and  mental  challenges,  whilst  reflecting  on  our  sacri-fices  in  life. 

River Lin - Bone Setting Service

11:30am at Matthew's Yard: Lounge

Bone-Setting Service isan one-on-one encounter looking at the relationship be-tween physical and emotional pain. How emotional pain and heart-breaking experi-ences connect with one’s own body motivates this performance.A visitor at a time is invited to share a personal story about brokenness and receive a massage tore-set the fractured.

DARC - Transformance

12pm at Matthew's Yard: Gallery

Transformance  is  a  process  of  artistic  exchange  and  creation  in  which  live  performance,  documentation,  translation  and  transformation  meet.  The  project  seeks  to  blur  the  lines  between  live  performance  and  documentation.  The  aim  is  to  generate  a  hybridised  live  practice  by  creating  and  responding  together  through  a  variety  of  disciplines  including  photography,  video,  drawing,  writing,  performance  and  alternative  forms  of  documentation.    At  Tempting  Failure,  the  collective  will  present  an  installation  of  the  multifaceted  documentation  created  during  their  Transformance  sessions  with  the  participating  artists.  

Instant Dissidence with Young Roots - Croydon is Dancing

12pm at Croydon Town Centre

Natalie Ramus - Following IN//Footsteps OF

12:30-2:30 at Braithwaite Hall

Following  IN//Footsteps  OF  is  an  observation  of  the  resistance  that  is  experienced  between  fragmented  parts  of  the  self.  Like  the  body  itself,  the  performative  space  is  autonomous,  evolving  through  time  and  action.  It  is  an  attempt  to  understand  what  is  a  personal  experience/way  of  being,  and  what  is  inherited  through  familial  and  societal  expectation.  Through  installACTION,  ideas  of  the  female  and  inherited  roles  of  the  feminine  are  confronted.  The  roles  of  mother,  sister,  daughter,  artist,  etc.  are  considered  alongside  notions  of  feminine  function  and  fertility.  Where  does  my  performance  of  societal  labels  end  and  my  true  embodiment  of  being  a  woman,  mother,  artist  begin?

Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver -Dadderrs

1pm, 2pm, 3pm at Matthew's Yard: Gallery 

An interactive performance for 5 people at a time.

Audience-participants are invited to join Daniel and Frauke in a series of awkwardly intimate and strange actions, rituals, dances, games, and other dysfunctional activities brought back in time from a post-neurodivergent revolution family fun-time future.

Daniel is dyspraxic and is too slow. Frauke has ADHD and is too quick. They are married and have kids. This interactive performance is rooted in their experiences of their bodies as neurodivergent lovers, parents, and weirdo performance makers. It is a space in which clunky experiences of bodies and actions can be discussed, explored and ultimately celebrated through ritualisation and play. 

Sarah Davis - Push

2pm at Matthew's Yard

Push  an  ever-growing  work  exploring  the  artist’s  experience  of  receiving  chemotherapy  and  having  a  stemcell  transplant  for  Hodgkin’s  Lymphoma.  The  work  has  been  evolving  since  June  2017.  Over  an18-hour  period  artist  Sarah  Davis  will be  working  in  situ  documenting  and  archiving  the  medical  ephemera  she  has  collected  over  the  past  year  and  a  half  and  transforming  these  objects  into  plaster  artifacts.  The  work  functions  as  a  landscape  of  trauma,  it  sits  on  the  floor  so  the  audience  views  it  from  above,  tracing  the  narrative  suggested  by  each  pill  packet.  Itis  a  cathartic  work  that  addresses  themes  of  survival,  unfairness  and  the  burden  of ill  health.  

Selina Bonelli - the  point  of it  (guts  and  glory)

3-6pm at Braithwaite Hall

There  are  crypts,  sarcophagi  of  mummified  memories  within  our  bodies,  often  located  just  near  the  solar  plexus.Sizes  vary  and  metamorphosize.  Howdoesone  release  these    into  being  and  remember  the  essence  of  oneself?  

Heather  Sincavage - the  burden  of  this 

4-8pm at Croydon Town Centre

Trauma  is  an  individual  experience  yet  manifests  similarly  in  our  bodies  often  challenging  the  sim-plest  of  tasks.    Contending  with  our  trauma  is  performed  in  the  artwork,  the  burden  of  this,  by  walk-ing  while  dragging  the  artist's  own  body  weight  in  manure.    This  performance  is  conducted  in  public  areas  as  an  example  of  how  we  always  grapple  with  our  trauma,  no  matter  the  place  or  circum-stance.    Throughout  the  performance,  the  artist  fights  the  abject  body  as  she  tries  to  maneuver  the  public  sphere. 

Weeks & Whitford - 'Insult to Injury'

5-9pm at Matthew's Yard: Lounge

In this new performance commissioned by Tempting Failure 2018 Weeks & Whitford will continue their autobiographical approach and ritualize a response to a recent period of illness, mourning, estrangement and survival that has pushed them to their limits. Asserting life and love with its many difficulties, kinks and complications over grief, disability, addiction, and fear this complex durational work reflects an ongoing process of disintegration, renewal and transformation. The work is a rite or a prayer because at points performance is all we have.
This work is not suitable for minors.

Aleks Slota - Domestic Communication 

6pm at Matthew's Yard: Theatre

Domestic  Communication,  is an  improvised  sound  performance  revealing  the  hidden  ra-diation  that  surrounds  and  infiltrates  the  human  bodyin  the  domestic  space.  Using  EMF  detectors  an  audio  image  of  the  invisible  forces  in  the  home  environment  will  be  created.

Jeffery Byrd -   The Universe is Shitfaced 

7pm at Braithwaite Hall

Jeffery's performance work  explores  the  relationship  between  artifice  and  reality  and  the  challenge  of  finding  beauty  in  the  unexpected. 


7:30pm at Matthews Yard: Theatre

The performance series BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND, as a multi-sensory work, searches for a common ground between sensual bewilderment and political commentary, challenging the constructed nature of our ideas on progress and memory, derived from our social and cultural circumstances.

Hermann Nitsch - retrospective (18+)

8pm at Braithwaite Hall

Screening of 150. Aktion.

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Ticket Event time Cost
Day thirteen - ADV ticket 10:00 - 22:00 £12.00



Various locations, Braithwaite Hall & Matthews Yard, Matthews Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF

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