Lady BlackshirtGet swept away in cinematic dance
The show will only be available for a limited time only, 10–30 May, so buy your digital ticket now so you don't miss out.
A new feature-length experimental film from Impermanence, looking back at the growth of modernism and the accompanying radical ideologies of the early twentieth century.
Lady Blackshirt is Born out of research project #DECADEONLINE, where Impermanence commissioned 100 artists to respond to articles and extracts from early modernist magazines. The film, featuring multi-artform work by 30 of those artists is an abstract-dance-based-collage work, with new material filmed on the Bristol Old Vic stage during lockdown.
The film takes its name from one of the featured stories, that of Suffragette Mary Richardson, who in 1914 vandalised a painting of Venus in the National Gallery in protest at Emmeline Pankhurst’s imprisonment, but who would later go on to lead the Women’s section of the British Union of Fascists. The film scours through the political ambiguity that existed then and is mirrored today, where a fraternisation of opposites emerges when the status quo or centre ground becomes eroded.
To accompany Lady Blackshirt, Impermanence will be celebrating each of the 100 commissioned artists, and the company’s own 10th anniversary, with a new online gallery launching on 10 May – decadeonline.co.uk
Powerful and beautiful
Powerful and beautiful
The Stage (on Lady Blackshirt)
Filled with moments of brilliance
Exeunt (on Lady Blackshirt)
A polemical bombardment of images
British Theatre Guide (on Lady Blackshirt)
absorbing, challenging, never boring and always surprising
DanceTabs (on Lady Blackshirt)
A dazzling short film – and dance-lover’s dream
Huffington Post (on Impermanence: Empty Stage)
... if David Lynch made dance...
To Do List (on Da-Da-Darling)
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Pay What You Choose: To make our online work more accessible, we’re introducing a flexible pricing scheme for a number of events. Find out more about it here. Prices for this event are: £6 (Open Concession) / £10 (Standard) / £16 (Pay It Forward).