We cordially invite you to the opening night of Bristol’s Feel It festival
Join us to celebrate the start of a festival dedicated to investigating some of the most fundamental of human experiences: pain - of body, mind and spirit - and breath.
At this exclusive reception you will be the first to interact with the festival’s exhibition space and see the première of two new performance pieces inspired by University of Bristol research and commissioned by the festival.
You are welcome to register extra tickets for guests but please note that this event is not considered suitable for under 14s.
Can't make the date? Why not come to the matinee on Sunday 20 November instead: Tickets for matinee.
Reception and exhibition tour of It's Just a Pain (18:00)
The exhibition will give you the chance to explore work on pain and breath through sound, video, poetry, art and play. Get hands on with your own experience with installations that encourage you to craft your own pain and breath from metal, paper, and colour.
One installation It’s Just a Pain explores the journey of a young patient with congenital heart disease. Large panels show outlines of hearts intertwined with the language that accompanies the journey’s phases: Anatomy, Conditions, Medications, Techniques & Devices, and Narrative. At 18:15 Artist Sofie Layton, research collaborator Giovanni Biglino and Professor of Congenital Cardiac Surgery Massimo Caputo (both of Bristol Heart Institute) will discuss the artist/scientist collaboration, and dialogue about the work.
Premiere of Viv Gordon's Pre Scribed (a life written for me) (19:00)
My life is ludicrous
I am a success
Every day I engage in a rapid series of one way interactions in which
Emotive and witty dance theatre examining the side effects of being a GP. A story of struggling when you’re not “supposed to”, of feeling set up and ashamed, and of finding your way through. The UK has 65 000 registered General Practitioners and it is estimated that one in five of them currently experience some form of anxiety or depression.
Pre Scribed (a life written for me), from performance artist Viv Gordon who has lived experience of mental ill health, explores research being undertaken into understanding the barriers for help-seeking and improving access to support for the thousands of GPs living with mental illness.
The Improving Access to Support research project is led by University of Bristol researchers Ruth Riley and Johanna Spiers.
Premiere of Maddie McGowan & Ziggy Slingsby’s The Measure of Breath (20:00)
If breathlessness is an invisible condition, what would happen if it put on a sparkly suit and took centre stage? What would it say?
In The Measure of Breath, circus artists Maddie McGowan and Ziggy Slingsby draw on the research of Havi Carel, from the University of Bristol, to explore the effect of pathological breathlessness on an individual’s life; from the collapse of the everyday sense of bodily control, to the altered trust in our bodies.
Join them on a surreal circus journey into experimental aerial choreography, text and imagery in an experience which is exquisite, delicate and raw. A piece that gives voice to this silent condition.
Post Show Talk (20:30)
The post-show talk will feature the performers from both Pre Scribed and The Measure of Breath as well as the academics who wrote the research the pieces were based on. The talk will discuss themes of the festival and how the performers explored the research.
The venue has ramped access and wide aisled toilet at the front of the building. There is also a hearing induction loop installed. If you require the hearing induction loop please email us at least one week in advance of the event to let us know.
Note that there will be photography and filming taking place at the event. If you would prefer not to be filmed or featured in any of this material please let us know. We will also contact you after the event to ask for feedback. If you are not happy to be contacted let us know and we will remove you from the list.
The venue has a licensed bar and street food will be available.
This project is a collaboration between the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, the Life of Breath project and the Public Engagement team at the University of Bristol and is made possible through the generous support of the Wellcome Trust.