Acephalous Monster by Ron Athey

13 September 2019

Internationally acclaimed US performance artist Ron Athey presents a UK wide tour of 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.

Please note this performance includes nudity, blood letting and graphic sexual content.

Strictly 18+



UK Tour Dates

Weds 9 October 9pm (+ Sweatshops, winner of the 2019 Double Thrills Emerging Artist Award 7pm – 8pm)

Glasgow Buzzcut at CCA 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD

0141 352 4900


Tues 15 October 8pm

Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, CO1 1NF

01206 500900


Weds 16 October 8pm

Norwich Arts Centre St Benedicts St NR2 4PG

01603 660352


Fri 18 October 7.30pm

Leeds CLAY: Centre of Live Art Yorkshire, Regent Street, Leeds, LS2 7QA  

07455 963023


Weds 23 October 7.30pm

Manchester Word of Warning at NIAMOS

07488 308 111(on the night) 0160 232 6086 (weekday office hours)


Fri 25 October 7.30pm

London Toynbee Studios 28 Commercial Street London E1 6AB

020 7650 2350


Weds 30 Oct 7.30pm

Cambridge Junction Clifton Way CB1 7GX

01223 511511



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