Seminal American performance artist Karen Finley makes a rare UK appearance with an elegiac anthology of spoken-word pieces that confronts the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York. Drawn from texts, letters and poetry compiled by the artist between 1983 and 1994, Written in Sand is a personal testimony recalling a time in which loss, indifference and cruelty came to define the lives of people affected by AIDS.
Interjecting her narrative with improvised wit, Finley is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Paul Nebenzahl. Covering themes from neglect to social exclusion, she embodies the period’s collective trauma and grief yet somehow leaves audiences feeling ‘more exhilarated than defeated’ (Villager, USA).
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