AlgoMech Festival

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Industrial clog dance

9pm-9:30pm, Fri 17 May 2019
Sidney and Matilda,

Rivelin Works, 46 Sidney St, Sheffield

In 2007, Radcliffe and Angliss collaborated to create a contemporary, live performance of Pat Tracey’s original clog dance, The Machinery. The piece mixes dance steps with music and video to reflect the conditions of women’s repetitive labour and the human/automaton relationship created by the Industrial Revolution and described by Marx in Das Kapital (1867). Together, they filmed and recorded the working machinery at Quarry Bank cotton mill, juxtaposing clog dancing with the repetitious script of a contemporary call-centre and the overwhelming sounds of the cotton machines to create a performance that brings to the fore the intricate relationships between the industrial vernacular and technologies of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. This screening of The Machinery has been recreated as an immersive audio/visual installation by Jon Harrison with support from the Arts Council England, the University of Birmingham and Ironbridge Gorge Museums.