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Writing Bodies

IKLECTIK [off-site] and SLANT events present,

Writing Bodies

[Part 1]: Sunday 21st of March, from 8pm to 9pm (BST) – IKLECTIK YT link

[Part 2]: Monday 22nd of March, from 8pm to 9pm (BST) – IKLECTIK YT link

Tickets: FREE, no booking required. You can support the artists buying and e-ticket:

Language can sometimes feel immaterial. Writing, in particular, can seem static or disembodied. Through performance we unfurl, propel, project words into the world, devising new language dynamics with and through our bodies as diversely political and plurally gendered sites. How can language move through a body? How can a body move through language?

Writing Bodies is a live-streamed exploration into the moving body and its role in language creation, investigating the word-producing body as a site of origin, support or obstruction.

Join us for two evenings full of physical & virtual, human & posthuman, vulnerable & robotic, connected & distant moving, sounding, reading and writing bodies!


Writing Bodies presents the work of a broad range of multidisciplinary performers, including Co-Curator Camilla Nelson, headliners Niya B and Michael McShane & Ekaterina Luzgina, and contributors Diana Hope Tegenkamp, Two For A Fiver, and Jenn Kirby, Robbie Blake & Sinead Hayes.

They will present six pieces, exploring challenge and possibility in the body (Tegenkamp), reaching beyond the human (B), exploring the generative relationship between sounding and moving bodies (Kirby, Blake & Hayes), playing with the body’s disruptive potential in domestic (Two For A Fiver) and more overtly linguistic contexts (Nelson), and creating entirely new bodies of language (Luzgina & McShane). These writing bodies challenge expectations, generating novel performative ways of working with words in motion.

Please share widely and join us online on the days!

Writing Bodies: Part 1.

21/03/21, 8pm GMT

Diana Hope Tegenkamp.

Diana Hope Tegenkamp is a Métis poet, writer and artist working with text, language, voice, music, body and image. She lives and creates on Treaty 6 Territory, Homeland of the Métis. Diana’s first book, Arterial & Quarry, completed with Canada Council for the Arts and Saskatchewan Arts Board grants, will be published in Fall 2021 by Thistledown Press. “Birthmark” and “Motherfield,” two poems from Arterial & Quarry, were longlisted for the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize. And in February, 2021, Diana received second prize in the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Contest, for her poem, “My father as rhythm in lakewater.” Many Good Places: Rediscovering the Métis and Settler Place-Worlds of My Parents, her second, in-process poetry manuscript, is supported by a Marian Hebb Research Grant.

For more information about Diana’s practice, take a look at her website.

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