Happenstance – Live art at the Bluecoat This Weekend

Happenstance – A weekend of live art at the Bluecoat.
Franko B, Kira O’Reilly, Rajni Shah and more

From Saturday, 05 April 2008 – 12:00pm to Sunday, 06 April 2008 – 10:00pm

Ticket Prices: Day pass – £15/10 (concession also available to Yoko Ono ticket holders) Weekend pass – £25/15

Two days of the most beautiful, bizarre, brilliant and beguiling in new live work from some of the leading performance artists working today. Taking over every available space of the revamped building, Happenstance brings together a vibrant array of live art works and is destined to become a regular feature of the Bluecoat’s performance programme. Highlights of the packed programme include:

Saturday 5 April

Leading UK-based performance artist Franko B presents Don’t Leave Me This Way, the artist’s new collaboration with lighting designer, Kamal Ackarie. Franko B is best know for his blood-letting performances which he has shown at Tate Modern, ICA, and venues throughout the UK and internationally, however, this performance marks the artist’s departure from blood-based work.


Experience Kira O’Reilly’s acclaimed performance, Inthewrongplaceness. Originally commissioned by HOME, the one-to-one performance features O’Reilly in constant, slow motion with a female pig carcass.

Sunday 6 April

The centrepiece for the final day of Happenstance will be Rajni Shah’s new performance installation Dinner With America. Stunning visuals and layers of text, movement and sound interweave as the performance space shifts and transforms, gently uncovering sub-themes of consumerism, rights, ownership, voices, hopes, harvest and division in a visually compelling and unusual piece of work that addresses the complexities of cultural identity in the 21st century.

Tickets for events are on sale now from www.thebluecoat.org.uk and 0151 702 5324 or alternatively you can buy your ticket in person by visiting the Tickets & Information desk in the Hub.