Performing Utopia performance / film at Sands Studio, WRITING ON THE SAND (June 11, 7.30pm, Sands Film Studios)
In 2019, La Phenomena, a French Theatre Collective, in collaboration with researchers of the AHRC 'Radical Translations' project, agreed to direct a performance of the Manifesto of Equals. Under the banner of Performing Utopia, students from the UK and France came together over a period of three years to collaborate on a translation of this revolutionary-era manifesto into today’s terms, and to create new performances inspired by the ideals of radical equality.
The project Performing Utopia has faced unprecedented challenges: from the Covid pandemic to Brexit and political crises the world over; from strikes that have roiled the UK higher education system to the myriad personal problems experienced by the participants themselves.
Three years later, this experience has been made into a performance and a film – WRITING ON THE SAND – recounting a struggle for collective ideals constantly hindered by the entropy of everyday life.
WRITING ON THE SAND will be performed live with the screening of the film at Sands Films Studio, a space dedicated to performing utopias of all kinds, on the banks of the River Thames in Rotherhithe, a once thriving port whose own fortunes have ebbed and flowed with history's tide.
Artistic Director: Maëlle Dequiedt
Dramaturge: Simon Hatab
Film Director: Jean Doroszczuk
With Romain Darrieu, Romain Pageard and students from King’s College London