22 - 23 June 2019
Recognising ‘play’ as a space where theory and practice become one and the same, athlete and artist Beth Kettel debuts a new performance in the heart of Waltham Forest for Art Night 2019. Featuring bespoke sound composition by Walthamstow All Voice Ensemble, the choir will perform live as both multiple narrative voices and a crowd responding to the action. With choreography drawn from collaboration with local basketball players, Baseline Drift will tackle the connections between art, sports and music, using Vestry Road Playground as a canvas to activate public space.
Expanding on Kettel’s interest in the frameworks of popular culture, the global languages of sport and music will be tackled through a team of players chasing an uncertain score, adopting the gestural movements of athletes and audiences. Weaving the four components of gameplay - Challenge, Chance, Vertigo and Simulation - to set rules for the work as it unfolds, Baseline Drift reimagines the Multi Use Games Area as an arena for meaning and trouble making.
Presented as part of Art Night Open 2019 programme:
Location: Vestry Road Playground, Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NH
Nearest tube: Walthamstow Central
Schedule: Performances at 8.30pm and 9.30pm on 22 June 2019
Art Night Sunday Trail: On Sunday 23 June, Baseline Drift will reimagine Vestry Road Playground as a giant shared canvas. Families are invited to come together to design fun and engaging activity trails using outdoor arts and crafts, transforming this popular public space into a one day only playscape.
Special thanks to our partners and collaborators:
The fourth edition of Art Night, London’s most popular free contemporary art festival, will take place on the night of Saturday 22 June 2019, beginning at 5pm in King’s Cross and 7pm in Walthamstow, and running throughout the night. A selection of projects will open for Art Night’s Sunday Trail from 12pm to 4pm.
WAVE Choir (Walthamstow All Voice Ensemble) is a community based, ‘no audition’ choir led by Virginia Firnberg. Their unique approach and eclectic stylings have led WAVE to perform regularly at cultural events in the borough and beyond.
Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 will highlight the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, in a year-long celebration.
Beth Kettel, 'The Mist of a Pessimist', 2017. Performance, Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
Beth Kettel, Phoebe Davies and Olivia Norris, 'Shot Clock', 2018
Beth Kettel, ‘A Bang, A Bomb, A Lie And A Band That Stands for Something Else' 2018 (still)