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Cassils, The Inextinguishable Fire
8 Nov | 5pm | National Theatre (Dorfman Theatre), Southbank
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Inextinguishable Fire, Burn for Portrait, 2015 photo: Heather Cassils with Robin Black

Presented as part of the SPILL Festival of Performance which takes place at various venues in London between 28th October and 8th November, North American artist Cassils’ work Inextinguishable Fire ‘speaks to the impossibility of representing certain forms of trauma and violence. How can we enact empathy when our own situation is so removed from the atrocities of torture and war? Using techniques borrowed from Hollywood stunts, Cassils experiences the very real human terror of being lit on fire.’

If you've never been to the SPILL Festival, this is a good place to start. Curated by Ipswich-based artist Robert Pacitti, SPILL showcases a range of work by British and international artists much of which you won’t see doing the rounds of regional touring either because it’s specially commissioned by or made for SPILL, or it’s just too difficult to define…. But one thing is certain – you will leave the SPILL festival with your head full of ideas and images you probably haven’t encountered before. Our suggestion would be to see a range of work across the festival if you can (a lot of it is free) because you get a stronger sense of the curator’s vision. But if you can only look at one piece Inextinguishable Fire looks well worth picking out. It’s also the closing event of the festival.

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