SMASH LAB XIV

April 1st 2014 
Curated by Polly Wright & Sarah Boulton 
GOOD PUNCH
LEAH LOVETT
CALVIN LAING
JEN GRANT
EDWARD ALDERWICK  


GOOD PUNCH are an emerging performance company from Edinburgh, aiming to create rousing and disobedient performance. Good Punch are Fiona Anderson, Rohanne Udall and Kate Banks.
“Welcome. Come in. Hi there. Would you like some crisps? Drinks?
Have you met…? Step into Good Punch’s Party. We’re pumping all your favourite dance anthems and teaching you all the moves; not to mention games, prizes, performances and more, more, more!!!” The Good Punch girls are keen to delight and entertain you; in fact they are desperate to prove to you just how great they, and not just as artists, but friends, colleagues and hostesses – truly, genuinely, unique all-rounders. A surreal personal marketing project. A fusion of job interview, speed-date and anxiety-riddled house party. A cathartic exploration of the pressure to succeed, perform and somehow make the best of it.

LEAH LOVETT was born in London in 1983. She lives and works in London and works collaboratively to make performances, videos, drawings, writings and workshops that explore the fiction of socialising played out between people in cities and across mediated space. Her work borrows from other cultural forms like anthropology, human geography and most of all theatre, and engages strategies of camouflage, reenactment and ventriloquism.
For SMASH LAB an all male choir performs a new composition based on the sounds made by women in labour. After the experience of giving birth to her first child in 2012, Leah began asking new fathers to reenact the breaths, groans and words of their partners during delivery. This performance is developed from those intimate videos, as a reflection on the changing role of men in childbirth.
 
CALVIN LAING
recently completed the New Work Scotland Programme (NWSP) where he had a solo show in February 2013 at the Collective in Edinburgh. He is a recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art (2011) working in video and performance and has work in public collections including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. He lives and works in London.
"You are running late, late for your train, in a drastic
rush! You are anxious at missing your train, so you start
to get flustered and attempt to run, but you end up going
roughly the same as a speedy walk if not a bit slower..."


JEN GRANT is an independent dance artist currently based in the South West. Her work brings to life a range of ideas through the combination of the moving body, text and image. Jennifer has recently founded a dance company bringing together artists and ideas. The piece aims to take the audience through the autobiographical story of the performer, inviting them to experience the highs and lows of remembering, forgetting, remembering to forget and forgetting to remember. A Real Fiction will combine a collage of memories, however, I question just because we remember does this mean the memory is ours? 
 
EDWARD ALDERWICK
work looks to deconstruct polarised conceptions of masculinity in relation to power. By embodying contrasting generalised male roles he is undoing the binary; his work pushes forward a mediated understanding of ‘being’ in relation to enacted identities.
For SMASH LAB Edward presents ‘Spin’, a live performance, which focuses on the juxtaposing relationship between camp and endurance.


GOOD PUNCH
 
LEAH LOVETT
  
CALVIN LAING


    JEN GRANT

EDWARD ALDERWICK
 All photography by Ludovic Des Cognets

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