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The Past is Singing in Our Teeth

Performance collaboration

The Past is Singing in Our Teeth was an installation exploring a fictional past reinvented in the absence of women’s histories by McMillan. Using sculptures, silk printing and video, it imagines a lost archives of women’s knowledge, triggered through recovery of sacred objects and landscapes. A new solo percussion score using shorthand typing as a basis for digital graphic music notation by Cat Hope served as a guide to my performance in one room of the installation: a salt-covered floor, in the centre a sculptural percussive tree hung with bronze and plaster casts of clenched fists, hagstones and ceramic pipes collected from the banks of The Thames. McMillan designed a performance dress with pockets from which objects were drawn to use as instruments or implements for sounding. Premiered at The Bethanien, Berlin.

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