HETAIN PATEL (UK)
16-17/03/07 – CONTACT, MANCHESTER
Visual artist and performance maker Hetain Patel presents his fifth show for the stage. Following an international tour of exhibitions and performances, including the Venice Biennale and the Holland Dance Festival, this new one-man show follows his critically acclaimed American Boy.
American Man imagines a not too distant future where celebrity power and political correctness have reached new heights; where Barack Obama’s post Presidential job is the new head of Apple computers and where Stephen Hawking provides live translation for political speeches and rap concerts.
Combining seamless vocal and physical impressions with his characteristic wit and humour, Hetain presents a personal, sometimes dark, outlook on a World that bombards us with contradicting ideas about who and how we should be, and where freedom walks hand in hand with guilt.
BRIGHTON – Post-show discussion with Laura McDermott (Creative Director, ACCA) and Hetain Patel followed the performance exploring identity, representation and the media.
MANCHESTER- Post-show discussion with Prof. Thomas F DeFrantz (Duke University, USA) followed the performance on Friday 17th March exploring identity, representation and the media.
Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (BRIGHTON)