You can contact me on the form below, that'd cheer me up no end. Or email Rachel_mars@hotmail.com Or call 07855 776 991. Any Tootsie Facts especially gratefully received.
The formal bit where you write the bit about what you do:
I am a performance maker with a background in theatre, live art and comedy. I use the autobiographical as a starting point to create performances that are funny, intimate, rude and sometimes heart-breaking.
My work is text and action based. The text is sharp, witty and observational, often referencing and sending up modes of popular culture. It is poetic but comprehensible, leaving enough space for an audience to insert their own personal experiences. It interweaves personal reflection with universal questions, those of politics, identity and place. It also dallies with scientific fact, taking audiences on journeys that mess with satire and fabrication.
The body in my practice is a site of personal histories, inherited behaviours and cultural expectations – both true and invented. Many of my performative images play on the smallness of my frame, and the way that my cultural heritage has written itself large on my face without my consent. My performances have involved eating as many twiglets as possible in a bid to grow a family tree in my guts, escapology acts, and small feats of - or attempts to improve - physical strength. Influences include - Stacy Makishi, Curious, Ken Dodd, Morecambe and Wise, Lisa Kron, Bobby Baker and Angela de Castro.
I make performance work as a solo artist, collaborate with a range of artists including nat tarrab as mars.tarrab and curate programmes of art and culture for the JCC for London.
Brought up in a Jewish family with a disregard for personal space or tactful enquiry, Rachel’s work explores the idiosyncratic constructs that surround our social interactions, forcing a deeper examination of cultural habits. She does this with humor and intelligence, looking at the bizarre and surprising nature of human connection and identity.
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