Category Archives: Reveiw

Voices in the Chapel

2 Gyrlz Performative Arts,
in collaboration with Platt Chapel,
are proud to present a night of traditional and experimental vocals and music


laptop orchestra MMULe (Manchester),
acclaimed mezzo soprano and composer, Nina Whiteman (Manchester),
and internationally renowned Tuvan throat singer and ritual performance artist, Soriah (Enrique Ugalde – Oregon) as part of his October tour of the UK.

AUTOMATIC WRITING as PERFORMANCE

Ron Athey & Sue Fox Discuss GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

by JC Gonzo

Extreme body artist Ron Athey‘s latest large-scale performance installation Gifts Of The Spirit: Part 1 occurred at The Whitworth Hall in Manchester, UK. The piece centered around the art and experience of automatic creative manifestation, including writing, vocalization, and music. Having not explored a subject on such a massive and involved scale in over 10 years, Gifts of The Spirit included the following: 16 automatic writers, 6 typists, 4 editors, 1 reader, a piano and a glossalalia chorus. The event was entirely fabricated by Athey himself, with additional music performance from automatic composition from Othon Mataragas.

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Ron Athey: Gifts of the Spirit

It’s rare that I should be blown away by performance art; challenged perhaps, occasionally touched, but more often contemplative and with a tendency to drift along with my own imagining, straying from the intended path. But tonight I was grounded firmly in the present moment as legendary body artist and former Pentecostal ingénue Ron Atheyunveiled his latest ‘channelling’ in the historic and pitch-perfect surroundings of The Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester. Continue reading

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A review from Gifts of the Spirit by

I am waiting in what appears to be a gothic lounge in a building of the University of Manchester and the air is already thick with humid art-speak. The room is also thick of people sporting tattoos, piercings and occultist Heavy Metal T-Shirts, a display of some half remembered connection with the spiritual and religious meaning these marks once communicated, and it could be a show of affinity with the tattooed and pierced Athey himself. Continue reading