All you need to know about autumn at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts If you have not seen the ACCA’s new autumn programme, you may be overwhelmed by the wide variety of shows happening in the next few months. From celebrating the trail blazing politics and poetry of Audre Lorde, to taboo explorations […]

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All you need to know about autumn at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

If you have not seen the ACCA’s new autumn programme, you may be overwhelmed by the wide variety of shows happening in the next few months. From celebrating the trail blazing politics and poetry of Audre Lorde, to taboo explorations of the female menstrual cycle. The season is finished with an incredible run of films for the Brighton Film Festival, accompanied by live scores. The arts team has selected our favourite shows so you know what to see in the next few months.

 

‘Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman’ – Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd of November

This is a spectacular performance that includes elements of magic, film and lecture to create a well-researched and candid exploration of femininity. Carnesky uses performers from the alt-cabaret scene to present the issues of menstruation, fertility and trans identities through pop culture mediums. The show will include illusions, sword swallowing and clips from classic horror cinema. Carnesky draws from these sources to bring life to her PHD research in a medium outside of the patriarchal confines of the academic essay. During the production of the show, performers met on Dark Moons (the birth of a new moon) to practice ancient menstrual rituals. This act of ritual is mirrored in the way the performance is conducted. The show promises to be a humorous and informative discussion of women’s issues.

 

‘Thinking Queer: Audre Lorde’ and ‘Rachel Young: Night Clubbing’ – Wednesday 7th November & Thursday 8th November

 As part of The Marlborough Theatre’s ‘Queer Hero’s’ season, the ACCA is bringing queer, black artists to the forefront. Young’s post punk performance is an explosive reaction to allegations the London nightclub DSTRKT has a policy of turning down women of colour for being too dark. Young embodies the power of icon Grace Jones to rebel against this oppression and bring black LGBTQ+ people into the nightlife spotlight. Young draws from the otherworldly essence of Jones and the modern Afropunk movement to put on a truly rebellious show. Running alongside this is a celebration of Audre Lorde’s poetry and activism. In the informal space of the space of the ACCA’s café/bar there will be live performances from big UK artists.

 

‘La Haine’, Live Score by Asian Dub Foundation Friday 16th November

 This award winning French film is part of the Brighton Film festival 2018. Set in a multi-ethnic suburb in France, the film follows the lives of three friends for twenty-four hours. The director, Mathieu Kassovitz, presents ideas of police violence and racial tension in a way that is still pertinent to our society today. Providing a live score is the Asian Dub Foundation who have been vital to elevating the live soundtrack medium since the early nineties. Asian Dub Foundation will also be playing a 30 minute set following the screening to showcase their unique electronica, dancehall and ragga sound.

Therefore, whether you want to experience a cinematic masterpiece with a mesmerizing soundtrack or engage in an intimate poetic evening, the ACCA’S autumn programme offers a varied and socially conscious selection of shows.

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