Ali Matthews

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Image credit: Russ Basford, ‘What the Money Meant’

Ali Matthews | Belfast Barge | Sunday 6th | 13:00
Artist talk | studio 11 | Monday 7th | 13:00

Catalyst Arts is delighted to welcome artist Ali Matthews to this edition of FIX15. As part of this year’s biennial’s reinterrogation of the artist-audience relationship and expectations within conventional canons of performance, Matthews recently commissioned new work ‘The Ballad of Isosceles’ developed at Manchester’s Contact Theatre will take place in the theatre space, below deck on the Belfast Barge. The performances will be delivered in 30 minute sessions between 13:00 and 16:00 on Sunday 6th December and early booking is advised on our eventbrite page. For further details you can contact us at catalystarts@gmail.com, (0044)28 90 313 303 or the gallery and festival hub at 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS.

The artists will also be delivering a lunchtime talk at Studio 11 with other FIX15 act GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN the day following the performance at 13:00 Monday 7th December which is also free and open to all to attend.

Ali Matthews is an American-born performance maker, researcher and singer based in Manchester, whose work has recently focused on value, labour and the service economy. She weaves participatory experiences out of text, song and scenographic environment to produce affects fundamental to the theatrical experience: intimacy, distance, desire and alienation.

She has presented shows across cabaret, one-to-one and large-scale formats at venues including Arnolfini (Bristol), Chelsea Theatre (London), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Hatch (Nottingham), Live at LICA (Lancaster),Toynbee Studios/ArtsAdmin (London), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ausland (Berlin) and the Universität der Künste (Berlin). She is currently developing a new piece with French artist Leo Burtin entitled The Best of Both Worlds with the support of Arts Council England, ARC (Stockton), East Street Arts (Leeds) and the University of Salford (Manchester).  She was recently commissioned to createThe Ballad of Isosceles for Sensored Festival at Contact Theatre (Manchester), and is delighted to be sharing the work with Belfast audiences.

The Ballad of Isosceles is a one-to-one performance for two people at a time exploring voyeurism, the Lynchian iconography of the chanteuse, and the strange rhythms of vicarious pleasure. It is an origin myth about the birth of envy in a previously innocent world. Isosceles, born out of wedlock from infidelity, tells the story of how she came to be – even as she pins you to your seat as the moth to her flame.
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