Where: Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, Wales CF5 1QE
£: Tickets priced from £7 to £12
What is it?
Mr and Mrs Clark’s Smash It Up is a dynamic exhibition, a performance lecture and a revolutionary dance theatre show.
In your home-town a symbol of equality, justice and freedom has been destroyed; art that stood for everything you know to be right. Its destruction makes way for a privately-guarded shopping centre.
What do you do?
If you are Mr and Mrs Clark you fight back.
In collaboration with the Newport art activists Bosch and with the guidance of the artist and academic Andre Stitt, Mr and Mrs Clark developed a timeline of performances in public spaces that now make up a theatre show. They call it Smash It Up.
Using documentary, short film and multi-media platforms, Smash It Up explores the history of the systematic destruction of public art – your art. The piece considers the persistent, yet subtle attack on creativity and public space.
Ken Robinson’s words create a thoughtful aesthetic backdrop for the performers personal stories. You may not sit passively; the performance is a demanding one, making the audience consider how we nurture the creative spirit and how society might fail it.
The actions of the artist Michael Landy are briefly replicated as the cast offer up personal items to be destroyed.
Smash It Up is a destructive plea for some cultural conservationism. It is a challenging and uncomfortable demand for equality, for hope and for greater creative freedom and beyond all for an understanding and nurturing of the creative imagination.
Despite their campaign starting in their hometown, Mr and Mrs Clark believe that these issues are global, historical and timely and that Newport, like Alexandria in AD48, is losing its library. When and how is open for debate.
What will you do?
After its run at Chapter, Smash it Up will tour the following venues:
3rd March at Taliesin, Swansea
5th March at The Performance Centre, Swansea
10th March at Aberythwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
23rd & 24th March at The Riverfront, Newport
1st April at Borough Theatre Abergavenny
15th April at Small World Theatre, Cardigan
20th May at Battersea Arts Centre, London