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„Femxle Spaces“ is an interdisciplinary and intergenerational performance project by womxn from the twin cities of Dortmund and Leeds who talk about their urban lives, struggles and visions for the future. The cities share a similar history of industrial boom, decline and subsequent structural change that has shaped the lives of the womxn.
Through the narratives of interviewees, we encountered stories of feminist solidarity, present and past search movements for efficacy and self-determination in institutions, public spaces, and within family structures. The individual perspectives of the womxn provided insight into the history of the last 50 years and the present, which is far from being told.
Using theatre, dance and video, „Femxle Spaces“ made social challenges and discourses visible with a performance walk. At two stations in public spaces in Leeds (August), „Femxle Spaces“ celebrated the power, voices and efficacy of womxn who have taken their place and found their space. They have lived different stories and yet had similar experiences.
Happy that you joined us as we moved through Leeds as part of LEEDS Year of Culture 2023!
TRAILER I VIDEO ART: LISA BÜLOW I CAMERA: LISA BÜLOW & ELLY WELFORD
VIDEO I Video Art & Editing: Lisa Bülow I Camera: Lisa Bülow & Elly Welford
FOTO I PROBEN LEEDS I TIM DUNK
FOTO I PROBEN I ELLY WELFORD
4.D is a collective of performing artists based in Dortmund, Germany.
Since 2013 they have been producing artistic works on current issues of urban life with many different local and national artists and collaborators. They specialized mainly in theater in public space and site-specific productions. In doing so, they cross the boundaries between the performing, media and visual arts. In addition to this interdisciplinary artistic practice, a central concern of the group is artistic-cultural mediation, socio-cultural concepts and the linking with other fields of research such as urban development, digitalization or feminism.
ACCA are a dance theatre duo fusing physicality with theatre, comedy and cabaret to navigate female identity. Since they started formally collaborating at the start of 2020, Charlotte Arnold and Anna Cabré-Verdiell Bosch have created three works: Occupational Hazard, ACCA Danst and EVEvolution. The artists are based in Leeds and have also founded the Artychoke Zine – an online magazine dedicated to the arts as a means of resistance. Learn More
Founded in 2000, Slung Low is an award-winning theatre company specialising in making epic productions in non-theatre spaces, often with large community performance companies at their heart. They are based in Holbeck: an inner city South Leeds ward. We run two spaces- The Warehouse in Holbeck and Slung Low at Temple. Both venues are made available to other artists and community groups as a performance and cultural space to anyone who needs it. Learn More
LEEDS PERFORMANCE I FUNDED BY
A production by 4.D in cooperation with ACCA and Slung Low supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund, the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
DORTMUND PERFORMANCE I FUNDED BY
This project is funded by Kulturbüro Dortmund and Cultural Bridge, which celebrates bilateral artistic partnerships between the UK and Germany through the collaboration between Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, Creative Scotland, Fonds Soziokultur, Goethe-Institut London and Wales Arts International / Arts Council of Wales.