Taking down Ugly!

Ugly…..UG….LY…

This Tack-on tours project with the ridiculously talented Ayesha Tansey started out as a way to reconcile my love for London and for the fact that I find it to be a deeply-deeply ugly place. Too many people, too much noise, too many smells, too many things to do…. It’s like the sewer systems in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil…an indecipherable maze…shaking….at capacity….about to burst… But like a hard-loving addict, I can’t seem to leave it. when it’s good, it’s very very good… but when it’s bad it’s horrid.

We have been deconstructing the notion of ugly across the senses and rebuilding our relationship to it. And as a result, the ugly-beautiful binary has completely collapsed. I am in a no-man’s land where these values don’t exist any more: things just are.

Which is quite liberating, to be comfortable in the ugly.

But all that said, my lingering question is can we as performers dive as deep when we are surrounded by ugliness without making our performance escapist? Can we get to a vulnerable place when everything around us demands that we engage our stronger sides?

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