Raven Row | Performance with members of The Theatre of Mistakes | Exhibition tour with Jason E. Bowman

Raven Row | Performance with members of The Theatre of Mistakes | Exhibition tour with Jason E. Bowman


Theatre of Mistakes Free Session


Performance with members of The Theatre of Mistakes

Saturday 29 July, 4pm


As a part of the performance workshop on Saturday 29 July, at 4pm members of The Theatre of Mistakes, including Anthony Howell, Julian Maynard Smith, Miranda Payne, Fiona Templeton and Howard Tong will perform a Free Session – an instruction and game-based improvisation – together with participants in the workshop.


No booking is required.



Exhibition tour with Jason E. Bowman

Thursday 3 August, 6.30pm


Raven Row will be open on the evening of Thursday 3 August, from 6-9pm, for this First Thursday.


Curator Jason E. Bowman will lead a tour of the exhibition starting at 6.30pm. This event is free however booking is essential as space is very limited.


To reserve your place, please click here.



The Theatre of Mistakes


In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes

Until 6 August 2017


Artists’ group The Theatre of Mistakes (1974-81) pioneered a structured performance art traversing architecture, choreography and poetry as well as visual art. They formed in London in the early 1970s from a series of open workshops at which instructional and games-based exercises were the focus. These came to inform The Street (1975), a performance with the residents and environment of Ascham Street in Kentish Town. 

Fiona Templeton and Anthony Howell distilled the performance exercises into a publication, Elements of Performance Art (1976), arguably the first manifesto for performance art in the UK. A core group of six performers (Mickey Greenall, Glenys Johnson, Miranda Payne, Peter Stickland as well as Howell and Templeton) then agreed to produce contained and systematic works for a five-year duration. Later, ‘mistakes’ were explored through a series of trios, duets and solos and Julian Maynard Smith joined the core group.    


The live element in this exhibition commenced on the opening night with a ‘Free Session’ by The Theatre of Mistakes, including early members, Lindsay Moran and Howard Tong. Throughout the exhibition, Anthony Howell runs performance workshops every afternoon, while each Friday and Saturday evening there are performances of Going (1977). Directed by Fiona Templeton, a cast of five play out mannerisms of departure in five tightly choreographed acts, whilst attempting to be each other.


The Theatre of Mistakes logged its working life, practice and processes in detail. The exhibition reveals this unique legacy of documentation and notation, and includes videos, photographs, a great variety of spatial and choreographic notations, as well as diary texts. 


The exhibition is curated by Jason E. Bowman. For further booking information about Going and information about participation in the workshops, please see www.ravenrow.org



Elements of Performance Art


‘Elements of Performance Art’ open workshops with Anthony Howell

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 2-5pm

Until 6 August 2017


Workshops will take place throughout the exhibition In Case There’s a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes guided by co-founder Anthony Howell. No previous experience is required, they are free to attend and open to all. You can attend as many of the workshops as you wish. If you’d like to participate, kindly meet with Anthony either half-an-hour prior to the workshop starting time, or at its end if you’d like to attend a future one. 


During the early years of The Theatre of Mistakes (1974-76) such workshops were held in artist-run and studio spaces in London. They were open to all and attended by artists and students from different disciplines: writers and poets; dancers and choreographers; visual artists of all media and architects.


Participants would develop instructions and games-based exercises under a basic rubric: that if you designed an exercise then you were in agreement to perform others’. Over two years the group noted and recorded hundreds of these, which core members Anthony Howell and Fiona Templeton refined and distilled into the 1976 publication Elements of Performance Art. Arguably, this is the first manifesto/manual for performance art in the UK. It will operate as a starting point for Howell’s workshops and ‘free sessions’ at Raven Row.



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Images from top: Members of The Theatre of Mistakes performing a Free Session at Raven Row, 29 June 2017. Photograph by Mark Blower; Rehearsal for Homage to Pietro Longhi at Purdies Farm, Hampshire (1976). Photographer unknown. Courtesy of The Theatre of Mistakes; Richard Quarrell, workshop at Ting studio, London (1974). Photographer unknown. Courtesy of The Theatre of Mistakes.

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