Ron Athey: Acephalous Monster

Date:Wed 30 Oct
Price:Pay What You Feel | Strictly 18+

Internationally acclaimed US performance artist Ron Athey presents his new work Acephalous Monster.
Athey rose to international prominence in the 90’s making performance that explored challenging subjects like the relationships between desire, sexuality and traumatic experience and confronted conservative narratives around AIDS, S&M and body autonomy.
His new work Acephalous Monster is inspired in part by the secret society of Acéphale, the 1930s anti-fascist review and magazine published by philosopher Georges Bataille. Using projections, readings, lectures, appropriated text and sound, and by re-imagining cut-up technique pioneer Brion Gysin’s brutalist Pistol Poem as a vocal/percussive choreography, Athey turns to the Acéphale, the eponymous figure of the headless man, a powerful symbol of radical transformation, and attempts to make sense of a current reality where neo-fascism is mutating, creeping, and marching.

Warning: This performance includes nudity, blood letting and graphic sexual content.

From this autumn you can Pay What You Feel for the majority of our arts programme, with tickets from £2.50. All seating is unreserved and every ticket receives the same great experience. So whether you’re feeling flush or short on cash, you can come with us on some amazing artistic journeys.

“a delirious five-part multimedia performance equal parts operatic and punk rock and littered with citations from other artists including Georges Bataille…Genesis P-Orridge and Brion Gysin.”

Warning: This performance includes nudity, blood letting and graphic sexual content.

Content Warnings: an intense viewing experience for some, if you are sensitive to any of the following or of a more general sensitive disposition we recommend using discretion before buying tickets.
• live nudity;
• live blood-letting;
and on projected film:
• BDSM (not safe to open at work);
• depictions of graphic consensual sexual activity;
• depictions and descriptions of violence (including symbolic beheading).
For context read a review by The Dance Enthusiast (contains spoilers).

Age: 18+

Duration: 60 mins (no interval)

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.