Men in the Wall
Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie
Men in the Wall is a four-screen 3-D video installation where four men, life-size, chat across the boundaries of their own cramped frames, looping through a sequence of poetry, jokes, songs, quibbles, flamenco, and napping. To enter this quirky world, viewers don old school stereoscopic 3-D glasses to watch these shared lives, revealing a public quartet of private differences.
Men in the Wall was commissioned by the UK Arts Council Capture 3 program, with support from The Centre for Research and Development (Arts and Architecture) University of Brighton. Premier 2004.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 4–10PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 12–5PM
Thursday, April 17, 2008 12–8PM
Friday, April 18, 2008 12–8PM
Saturday, April 19, 2008 12–8PM
Liz Aggis and Billy Cowie have been collaborators for 25 years with signature wit and sharpness. Based in Brighton, UK, they have made over twenty live performance pieces for their company Divas and have toured extensively, as well as created single and multiple screen dance installations, four films, live performance installations alongside dance Theater, cabaret, and live art. Renowned for their highly visual, interdisciplinary brand of dance performance, they incorporate elements of Theater, film, opera, poetry and vaudevillian humor, crossing genres and pushing into new directions.
Liz Aggiss is a performer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer. Her work is eclectic, satirical, funny, and provocative. Often characterized by grotesque, stylized movement, Aggiss explores issues of body politics, word play, power and the artifice of performance.
Billy Cowie is a Scottish composer, choreographer and filmmaker. His myriad interests have him writing text for dance, new musical forms especially in relation to dance, composition for voice; exploring an expressionist dance Theater language, interdisciplinarity, convergence arts and hybrid performance languages, humour, stand-up dance and performance skills; creating dance for camera works; and researching dance and learning difficulties. Cowie's first novel 'Passenger' comes out in 2008.
Aggiss and Cowie's book Anarchic Dance includes a three hour DVD-Rom that is a visual and text record of their live and screen dance work, and was published in 2006 by Routledge.
“As each guy occupies his own space – now dancing, now playing the guitar while singing lieder – each acts as human semaphore, sending human-shaped signals. It's as tightly constructed as a classic American sitcom, and funnier”
— Peter Goddard, Toronto Star