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.
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
Weds 16 October 8pm
Norwich Arts Centre St Benedicts St NR2 4PG
Fri 18 October 7.30pm
Leeds CLAY: Centre of Live Art Yorkshire, Regent Street, Leeds, LS2 7QA
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
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