A whimsical and magical world of female friendship and immodesty, where jewels sing and books talk and geometry descends in octagons and hexagrams, in crushing cascades and nervous nebulas, ‘Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers’ presents star-gazing conversations with Margaret Cavendish, Denis Diderot, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, and Karl Marx, to experiment with anachronistic astronomy, feminist and queer utopias, the silliness of rationality, and the politics and forms of erotic Platonic dialogues.
After being commissioned by NYPAC for La MaMa Galleria in New York in March 2017, Bold Tendencies is pleased to host the second piece in Sophie Seita’s series My Little Enlightenment Plays, a project that bridges experimental performance, research, poetry, and installation, and was recently presented at the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris) and Company Gallery (New York). Continuing her investigations into Enlightenment source materials, Seita’s collaborative and site-specific performance brings together an all-female cast of artists, writers, and theatre-makers who will perform with sculptural work by the New York- and London-based artist Anna Moser.
‘Gloriously imagined and re-imagined, Sophie Seita’s textual–performance–play hybrids tickle whimsy from grandeur, opulence from bathos and a kind of melodrama from tragedy, My Little Enlightenment Plays, is a project that swings between ecstatic irreverence and straight-faced reverence; the seriousness of language and its subject, language as subject, and the serious commitment to abandoning such seriousness in play and artifice.’ —Dave Spittle, in an interview with Seita about her Enlightenment project at 3:AM.
Sophie Seita works with language on the page, in performance, and in translation. Currently based in Cambridge (UK) and New York, her performances, videos, and text-based works have been presented at the Serpentine Gallery, Goethe-Institut New York, Neue Töne Open (Stuttgart, Germany), SoundEye Festival and Tactic Gallery (Cork, Ireland), Ugly Duck (London), Dixon Place (NYC), and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from Yale, Princeton, Buffalo, Cambridge, Columbia, PEN America, Queen Mary University of London, NYU, DAAD, and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, among others. The author of several books and translations, her work has recently been featured in or is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse (Brooklyn, 2017), Best American Experimental Writing (2018), The White Review, Bomb, PEN America, Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), and Raphael Sbrzesny’s artist book Service Continu 7/7 (Spector Books, 2017).
Performed by Vahni Capildeo, Prudence Chamberlain, Amy De’Ath, Celine Lowenthal, Nisha Ramayya, Sophie Seita, and Emma Stirling.
Sculptural objects, set, and costumes by Anna Moser.
Supported by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant and a Judith E. Wilson Grant.
Bold Tendencies is a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation that has been based in Peckham, South East London, since 2007 and is located on the disused top four floors of the municipal car park. This performance will take place on the lower covered floors of the site, immediately below the rooftop. On arrival please go to the top floor kiosk where staff will check your ticket and direct you to the performance.
Access to Bold Tendencies by foot: The car park is a short walk from Peckham Rye station. Turn left down Rye Lane (towards McDonalds), cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Santander will then be on your right hand side and you should be facing the Multiplex cinema. Walk towards the cinema and turn right – here on your left you will find the staircase leading up to Bold Tendencies which is manned at all times.
Public transport: The nearest train station is Peckham Rye Overground Line from Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction South Eastern services from London Bridge and London Victoria Local buses: 12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 171, 343, 363, 436
Vehicle access: There is very limited Pay and Display parking on the ground floor of the site (accessible from Cerise Road off Hanover Park). We strongly advise that you do not arrive by car if possible, but if necessary see Southwark Council’s website for more information on local parking options.
Step free access: Step free access is available via the lifts from the ground floor. We strongly advise that you arrange access in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, however this can also be arranged with the security team at the main entrance on arrival.