Performing Collaboration

06/12/2012

 

Performing Collaboration

06/12/2012

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On a Sunday in October I spent an enchanted afternoon at Tate Modern enjoying the very last day of the Tino Sehgal commission for the Turbine Hall.

This piece has been promoted as the first ‘performance’ to be commissioned for this dramatic space. But for me it was considerably more than performance. It was part staged conversation with the audience, part dance, part song and part immersive installation. It was also very much a collaboration, These Associations involved hundreds of collaborators who performed each day, bringing their stories and actions to the work. An important part of the work was the moments that the performers stepped up to members of the public to tell their stories, each an intimate act of confession and sharing. We, the audience were part of the work, our participation was essential.

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