A durational interview and live performance project capturing the diverse identity and opinions of Manchester’s women, their relationship to the city and their hopes for the future. Responding to an open call via Girl Gang Manchester, 33 women from different generations, backgrounds and areas of Manchester were interviewed in succession across a 3 hours live stream on July 4th 2017, sharing their perspectives on topics personal, political and Mancunian.
The piece responded to What Is the City but the People? and What if Women Ruled the World?, aiming to build a portrait of some of the women who define our city, and inspire discussion around identity, politics, culture, feminism and the future whilst exploring the confessional nature of the internet and inspiring intrigue and sentiment. The project is inspired by the work of theatre companies Quarantine, Forced Entertainment as well as viral video culture and performance artists such as Marina Abramovich.
Project conceptualised and led by Megan Marie Griffith with her collective Girl Gang Manchester.
Interview evening facilitated by Jeni Holt-Wright, Ellie Ragdale, Kirsty Morrissey and Martha Chastney-Smith. Equipment lent and set up by Jay Chastney from Captive North and Andrew Anderson
WOMEN RULE MANCHESTER or #WomenRuleMcr is a durational interview and live performance project capturing the diverse identity and opinions of Manchester's women, their relationship to the city and their hopes for the future. Over 30 women from different generations and backgrounds met tonight (4th July 2017) tonight at Hope Studios to share their unique perspectives and let us learn a little bit about them. This project is managed by #Creative50 member and Girl Gang Manchester Artistic Director Megan Marie Griffith realised in collaboration with the amazing Girl Gang Manchester team. The piece is in response to the performances "What Is The City But The People?" and "What If Women Ruled The World?" as part of Manchester International Festival's Creative 50 artist development programme. "Women Rule Manchester" aims to inspire discussion of identity politics, culture, feminism, the future, exploring the confessional nature of the internet and the vlogsophere and inspiring intrigue and sentiment. The project is inspired by the work of theatre companies Quarantine, Forced Entertainment as well as viral video culture and performance artists such as Marina Abramovich.The project takes two forms; the first a 3 hour live stream of the interviews themselves, and the second a short viral style video briefly documenting those who participated in the interviews, to be released towards the end of next week.Please share with anyone who you think it may be of interest! #womenrulmcr #girlgangmcr #creative50
Posted by Girl Gang Manchester on Tuesday, 4 July 2017