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Performance Anxiety

A series of distinctive short artists’ films exploring the ways sexuality, gender, masculinity and labour are expressed through performance and dance.

They offer a diverse range of approaches, from the highly stylised dance/movement work of Catherine Sullivan to the painfully sadomasochistic interactions of Stephen Sutcliffe’s vignettes and the fragile masculinity of Benjamin Crotty’s eponymous chauvinist.

Programmed by Benjamin Cook | Total running time 72min

Films in this programme
  • Image from Casting Through and Scenes from Radcliffe, Dir Stephen Sutcliffe

    Casting Through and Scenes from Radcliffe

  • Image from The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin, Dir Benjamin Crotty

    The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin

  • Image from The Startled Faction, Dir Catherine Sullivan

    The Startled Faction

Film 1

Casting Through and Scenes from Radcliffe

Class, masculinity and desire are explored in minimal performances, re-enacting scenes from the relationship between film director Lindsay Anderson and actor Richard Harris.

Dir Stephen Sutcliffe. UK 2017. 17min

Film 2

The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin

Nicolas Chauvin, the original boorish ‘chauvinist’, is unhinged in time and forced to confront the fact that he may just be a myth after all.

Dir Benjamin Crotty. France 2018. 26min

Film 3

The Startled Faction

An extraordinary stylised exploration of self-possession and ambiguous labour explored though dance idioms, movement, mise-en-scène and drama, in collaboration with Chicago Dancemakers Forum.

Dir Catherine Sullivan. USA 2018. 35min

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