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Alwynne Pritchard

Performance Artist

Embrace the chaos: Alwynne Pritchard is spellbinding in her own Rockaby with a duo of Foley artists and the BBC SSO under Ilan Volkov

The Arts Desk

Alwynne Pritchard’s practice encompasses a wide range of disciplines and media including musical composition, choreography, vocal and physical performance, text, video and photography. Much of her most important recent work is conceived in the form of self-contained capsule-performances in which she employs a multidisciplinary language to create a conceptual framework for esoteric and often immersive rituals. These are drawn almost exclusively from the movement and functions of the human body – her own – and can be simultaneously grotesque, fragile, terrifying and absurd.

Central to Pritchard’s performative work is the idea that the human body is an access to thought. An unpredictable force, without morality or language, it can create rifts in perception from which the unforeseen can emerge. From the physicality of this corporeal self – the pulsings, twitchings and contortions of the body – the performer’s voice also comes into being, strong, ugly, delirious and fragile.

Hospice Lazy, with Alpaca Ensemble, USF Verftet, Bergen, 2018

Rockaby, Tectonics Glasgow, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 2016

Vitality Forms, Bastard Assignments, 2016

DOG/GOD, Bergen International Festival, 2015

Obamix with Langham Research Centre, 2013