curatorial concept and design by Donald Smith
25.03.06 - 29.04.06
Photographs of Samuel Beckett at the Riverside Studios form a backdrop for workshops, rehearsals & discussions
Presented by Jess Wiesner
In the early 1980's Samuel Beckett came to London to direct rehearsals of his seminal plays, Endgame and Waiting for Godot. The venue for these rehearsals, the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, was not the venue for the final performances but, more importantly, was the creative space where the performances were made.
The Riverside at that time, under the artistic directorship of David Gothard, was a hotbed of creative activity and the notoriously media shy Beckett was comfortable enough there to conduct interviews with the press, be seen drinking in the Riverside bar, and allow artists and school children into the rehearsals.
At CHELSEA space, photographs of Beckett rehearsing taken by the late Chris HA-rris, Beckett's correspondence with David Gothard, and related ephemera (all from Gothard's personal archives) form a backdrop for a wide ranging series of rehearsals, workshops, and speculative discussions.
During the exhibition musicians, artists, actors, writers, performers and directors will use CHELSEA space to explore the creative nature of rehearsal, improvisation, discussion, preparation, process, and the wider influence of Samuel Beckett.
The schema for presenting David Gothard's personal archive of Beckett at the Riverside is by artist Jess Wiesner.
Participants include: David Toop/David Gothard/Stephen Vaughan/Patrick O'Kane/Shaun McDowell/Gaby Agis/Andrew Chesher/Tristram Powell/Darlek/David Ryan/Daniel Devlin/ Frank Sidebottom/Adrian Shaw/plus guests
*for more details please go to EVENTS
Shaun McDowell: Sucking Stones Drawing Lines
Friday 24th March
A Rehearsal of Pablo Bronstein's Plaza Minuet
(Performances: 7th-8th April as part of the Tate Triennial 2006)
organised for CHELSEA space by Adrian Shaw
Wednesday 5th April
Words and Music
John Edwards, Bass
David Ryan, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Tuesday 11th April 5.15 pm
Followed at 6.30pm
John Tilbury - Beckett as Music
David Toop - Considering Embers
David Toop Flute and Laptop computer
Phil Durrant Laptop computer
Stefano Tedesco Vibraphone
Wednesday 19th-Thursday 20th April
Gaby Agis and Florence Peake - Night Studio
Tuesday 25th April 2006 1.30 - 5.30pm
Adrian Shaw - Ping
Wednesday 26th April 1pm - 2pm
Frank Sidebottom and the Dalek
Thursday 27th April. 3pm and Teatime (5pm)
Acting, Eating, Reading, Drinking, Meeting
Friday 28th April