A collaboration between vier.D (Germany) and ACCA/ Slung Low (England)
Graphic Design: Sabine Gorski I Photo left: Andrew Bannerman Bayles I Photo right: Gispert Gerhard, Bestand Hoesch-Muesum Dortmund
“The socio-cultural and artistic project "Femxle Spaces" explores images of women, femxle self-representations and femxle-read visibilities in the urban space of Dortmund and Leeds. The artists will develop dance theater performances in public spaces based on interviews and present them in August as part of LEEDS 2023.” Nilüfer Kemper on behalf of vier.D and ACCA/ Slung Low
vier.D and ACCA have a lot in common in their work, both working within performing arts and value participatory concepts where professional artists work together with amateurs of all ages and backgrounds. Through Femxle Spaces, they want to artistically explore female perspectives in urban metropolises, learn about women's biographies and female-dominated spaces (safe spaces) in their post-industrial cities of Leeds and Dortmund.
Femxle Spaces is a cross-genre and cross-generational performance project by women from the twin cities of Dortmund and Leeds, who report on their lives, struggles and visions for the future. The cities share a similar history of industrial boom, decline and subsequent structural change that shaped the lives of women.
Through the narratives of the interviewees, we encounter stories of feminist solidarity, current and past quests for effectiveness and self-determination in institutions, public spaces, and within family structures. The individual perspectives of the women give an insight into the history of the last 50 years and the present, which is far from being told.
With theatre, dance and video, social challenges and discourses are made visible with a performance walk in Femxle Spaces. Across six stations in public spaces in Leeds (5th August) and Dortmund (October, date TBC), Femxle Spaces celebrates the power, voices and effectiveness of women who have taken their place and found their space. They have lived different stories and yet had similar experiences.
vier.D is a collective of performing artists based in Dortmund, Germany.
Since 2013 they have been producing artistic works on current issues of urban life with many different local and national artists and collaborators. They specialized mainly in theater in public space and site-specific productions. In doing so, they cross the boundaries between the performing, media and visual arts. In addition to this interdisciplinary artistic practice, a central concern of the group is artistic-cultural mediation, socio-cultural concepts and the linking with other fields of research such as urban development, digitalization or feminism.
ACCA are a dance theatre duo fusing physicality with theatre, comedy and cabaret to navigate female identity. Since they started formally collaborating at the start of 2020, Charlotte Arnold and Anna Cabré-Verdiell Bosch have created three works: Occupational Hazard, ACCA Danst and EVEvolution. The artists are based in Leeds and have also founded the Artychoke Zine - an online magazine dedicated to the arts as a means of resistance.
Founded in 2000, Slung Low is an award-winning theatre company specialising in making epic productions in non-theatre spaces, often with large community performance companies at their heart. They are based in Holbeck: an inner city South Leeds ward. We run two spaces- The Warehouse in Holbeck and Slung Low at Temple. Both venues are made available to other artists and community groups as a performance and cultural space to anyone who needs it.
Image © vier.D by Lukas Staab