Pete Lannon took part in the (over)protection Lab in September 2017 but his current production idea, FEELS, is also connected to the Gender topic. In June 2018, he successfuly applied to be part of Imaginate's new Accelerator project which means he will now have some funding and producing support from Imaginate to develop a work in progress of FEELS between September and December 2018. He invited two other PUSH artists to be part of his project, Claricia and Mamoru so watch this space....
‘It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.
Cry if I want to.
Cry, if I want to.’
It’s nearly the end of the show. Imagine the wreckage of a child’s birthday party - one that had all of the cliches, and went horribly, hilariously wrong. The floor is covered in cake and jelly and confetti. Torn bunting and banners hang from the ceiling. A small fire has broken out amongst the remnants of a hideous piñata. Lesley Gore is playing at half-speed on the stereo. There are five people strewn about the stage. One is sitting softly crying into a pile of party popper streamers. Two are furiously wrestling over a bright pink fairy wand and a plastic gun. One – a clown - is apparently unconscious, broken crockery scattered around them. The other is unable to stop frantically dancing as blue, red and green lights flash and a disco ball spins.
FEELS will be a new performance for ages 8+ about emotions and gender - the feelings we’re allowed to feel, the ones we’re told not to feel, the ugly ones, the funny ones, the sad ones. The feelings that we’re told don’t belong to us yet, or never will. The feelings that are ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’. It will use choreography and live art practices to investigate how we express emotion and how this relates to our performance of gender, and to the social constructions of childhood/adulthood.