Making Intimate Performance (Artist Talk)

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An introduction to the work of three artists making intimate performance, followed by info about the Submerge Intimate performance project.

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An introduction to the intimate performance work of artists Jo Bannon, Tania El Khoury and Rosana Cade. Each artist will introduce their artistic practice with specific focus on their intimate / one-to-one performance work, followed by a short Q&A with each artist.

The talk will conclude with information about the Submerge Making Intimate Performance Project where three North-West based artists working in drag, club and cabaret performance will be given the opportunity to experiment with the creation of a new covid-safe live intimate performance encounter.

This talk will take place over Zoom, and will be BSL interpreted.

Approximate duration 1 hour 30 (7pm - 8.30pm)

This talk and performance project is presented with partnership support from Contact Theatre and Islington Mill.


19.00 - Welcome

19.05 - Introduction from Mike Pony (Submerge)

19.10 - Rosana Cade + Q&A

19.25 - Jo Bannon + Q&A

19.40 - Tania El Khoury + Q&A

19.55 - General questions (Artist Panel)

20.05 - Information on Submerge Intimate Performance Project

20.10 - General questions (Submerge IP Project)

20.30 - End

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Jo Bannon is a UK based artist working in performance, choreography and live art. She also works as a dramaturg, educator and writer and is a founding member of artist collective Residence. Jo's work is concerned with identity, sensory perception, and human encounter and explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed. Her work is informed by her identity as a disabled woman with albinism and attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviours. Jo's performances often manifest as intimate encounters designed for single or small audiences alongside staged theatre work and installations.

Rosana Cade is a Glasgow-based artist who mainly works in live performance. Their practice is rooted in a queer feminist discourse and straddles performance, live art and activism. They are drawn to liveness as a potent site for connection with an ‘other’, and their work often dances between the joy and difficulty of connecting intimately with others. They create work in a range of forms and contexts to reach different people with varying approaches, and are passionate about collaborative practices.

Tania El Khoury is a live artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and is concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. She creates installations and performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. Tania’s work has been translated to multiple languages and shown in 32 countries across 6 continents in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars. She is a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the recipient of the Bessies Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award.

Submerge is a queer-led UK arts producing organisation, supporting artists who make visceral cross-disciplinary arts experiences that merge performance, music and creative technology. We work with artists who make artistic experiences that are difficult to define by single genre; our favourite works combine live art, body-based performance, immersive theatre, dance, sound, club performance, electronic music, audio-visual and digital practice in surprising configurations.

Submerge have presented two intersectional festivals of international art in Bristol (2016 & 2019) supported by Arts Council England. In 2021 we will transition the organisation to its new home in Manchester, working with local artists and communities to create opportunities for audiences to engage with cutting-edge art. Submerge are committed to helping shape a more inclusive sector. We take a specific focus on amplifying the work of queer, trans*, non-binary and genderfluid makers and performers.


Submerge is kindly supported by Arts Council England with National Lottery Project Grants funding. To ensure we are reaching the communities we aspire to work with, we ask a few equal opportunities questions at the sign-up of our projects. We appreciate you taking the time to help us gather this information.

Image Credit: Rosana Cade - Walking:Holding by Rosie Healy

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