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This exhibition by acclaimed British artist Tacita Dean takes performance as its theme.

Dean examines performance and its relationship to narrative, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience in film, theatre, drawing and photogravure.

The exhibition is built around regular screenings of Dean’s ‘bewilderingly intricate’ Event for Stage (2015). This film (which has been cut together over four nights of live performance) features actor Stephen Dillane variously acting from a script written for and given to him, page by page, by Dean; declaiming lines from Shakespeare’s The Tempest; reminiscing about his family; reading a story; and announcing the changing of reels for the two cameras that are filming him.

This is joined by a number of other films, drawings and photogravures, including When first I raised the Tempest (2016), the longest so far of Dean’s signature blackboard drawings, shown for the first time in the UK, that together examine the relationship of performance to fiction, the imagination, and the collective effort of artist and audience.

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