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The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein

Weekend Lab

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The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein leads this performance-based workshop aimed at young women, exploring feminism and pop culture in response to Notorious at the Barbican.

In the current political climate, misogyny is on the rise. Women today receive confusing messages about their own representation – through magazines, through faux-feminist appropriations by celebrities, through social media – in this workshop, you will work with Holstein to explore this difficult terrain.

Notorious blurs the lines between live art, dance, theatre and fine art, exploring popular culture’s portrayal of ‘female monstrosity’. It explores the cultural temptation to redeem or vilify the ‘female monster’, particularly within the context of neoliberal post-feminism.

What to expect

After a conversation-led workshop on Saturday, you will see Notorious on Saturday evening, followed by a practical workshop on Sunday. We will explore representations of womanhood in pop culture, and work practically to discover performative ways of critiquing these.

We are particularly interested in creating a space in which contemporary feminism can be critiqued for its ‘whiteness’ and its privilege, and we aim to bring together women from diverse racial backgrounds to participate in this workshop.

This Lab is suitable for students, emerging practitioners, and anyone with an interest in, or questions about, feminism, aged 16-25.

How to apply

11 & 12 Nov 2017, 2.30-4.30pm; 1-4pm 

Tickets £20 plus booking fee*, includes a ticket to Notorious on Saturday 11 Nov
Bursary places available 

*£.60p booking fee per online transaction, £.70p by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person. Click here for more information on booking fees.

To Apply: 
Please send a short written statement telling us a bit about yourself, and why you would like to take part in this Weekend Lab to: [email protected]  
Applications will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and reviewed monthly.
Bursary places are available for this Lab.
Applications close on Fri 20 Oct 2017.

Bursary places

A limited number of free bursary places are available if you are unable to attend this Lab due to your financial circumstances, and you are a resident in an east London borough**. To apply for a bursary place, please email [email protected], with the following information: 

Please tell us what you would gain from participating in this Lab
Please give us an outline of your financial circumstances, clearly demonstrating why you would not be able to attend without a bursary place.

** East London boroughs include: Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. 


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