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In the Shadow of the State

Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, The Touching Contract, 2016. Performer: Deirdre Murphy. Photo: Miriam O'Connor.
Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, The Touching Contract, 2016. Performer: Deirdre Murphy. Photo: Miriam O'Connor

The Touching Contract

The London performance of
In the Shadow of the State by Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones

17-20 November 2016
Venue: Courtroom,
Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street London

Staged in a former juvenile courthouse, The Touching Contract in London proposes new ways of understanding how we learn the political gesture of touch through an immersive performance work. This is the final in a series of four performances of the project In the Shadow of the State by artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, which examines the State and its instruments from the perspective of the female body.

The performance features a soundscape composed by Alma Kelliher and a legal score devised in collaboration with Máiréad Enright. This contract forms the basis of how audience members can choose to participate in the performance (or not), and has been developed in discussion with an invited group of women in the city. Adapted from the Dublin performance, The Touching Contract in London finds new resonances as women's experiences of childhood and maternity encounter the gaze of a State that is newly conscious of its borders; where labouring women in maternity hospitals will now need to prove their British citizenship or residency status before receiving treatment.

In the Shadow of the State is co-commissioned by Create (Ireland) and Artangel, and is a key project in the Arts Council’s ART: 2016 programme for Ireland 2016. By supporting the project, The Arts Council is placing artists and the arts at the centre of how it responds to the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Additional support for the project has come from Dublin City Council, Liverpool Biennial and Heart of Glass (St. Helens)

Booking will open shortly at intheshadowofthestate.org

Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, The Touching Contract, 2016. Photo: Miriam O'Connor.
Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, The Touching Contract, 2016. Photo: Miriam O'Connor.

The Touching Contract

how we encounter the everyday touch of the law, with and without consent

23, 24, 25 September, 2016
Time: 6pm
Venue: Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital Dublin
Event is free but booking necessary via www.intheshadowofthestate.org 

The Dublin performance of In the Shadow of the State by Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones

The reach of the law will be interrogated by Irish artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones in The Touching Contract, to be performed this September as part of their project In the Shadow of the State.

Staged in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, the first lying-in hospital in Ireland and the UK, The Touching Contract proposes new ways of understanding the political gesture of touch through an immersive performance work. 

Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, The Truncheon and the Speculum, 2016.
Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, The Truncheon and the Speculum, 2016. Image courtesy of the artists.

Liverpool Biennial 2016:

Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones: The Truncheon and the Speculum

Live online broadcast 21 July 2016, 19.30 – 20.30 GMT

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