Raqs Media Collective | Theory Opera
As part the exhibition 'Not Yet At Ease', co-commissioned by Firstsite and 14-18 NOW.
25 October 2018 7pm
2 November 2018 7pm
10 November 2018 3pm
22 November 2018 7pm
8 December 2018 3pm
11 December 2018 7pm
19 January 2019 12:30pm
£8 standard/£5 concession per event
Half of all ticket sales will be donated to Combat Stress, the UK's leading charity for veteran's mental health.
Theory Opera is a fascinating series of public events that brings together different stories, ideas and experiences in response to Firstsite’s exhibition Not Yet At Ease – a major commission by internationally renowned Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective exploring the interlinked histories of war, poetry and mental health.
Each event will build on Raqs Media Collective’s extensive research to share energetic discussions that explore the relationship between mental health and conflict both in the past and today.
Not Yet At Ease is co-commissioned by Firstsite and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
For evening events (starting at 7pm), the exhibitions will be open late until 7pm – including Not Yet At Ease.
Half of all ticket sales will be donated to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veteran’s mental health.
Touch and Intimacy | Fri 28 Sept 2018 7pm
Join artists Raqs Media Collective and Santanu Das, academic and author, in an event exploring how the First World War was imagined in poetry and literature.
Dissenters and Prisoners | Sun 14 Oct 2018 3pm
A glimpse into the lives of those who came from India to join the British, and who were involved in the First World War.
The Troth | Thurs 25 Oct 2018 7pm
Screening + Q&A
A special screening of Akademi Dance Company’s The Troth – a gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through powerful dance theatre. Includes a Q&A with members of the cast.
From Shell Shock to PTSD | Fri 2 Nov 2018 7pm
Find out more about the history of attitudes towards soldiers suffering from shell shock [now known as PTSD] from Dr. Fiona Reid, Assistant Dean at Newman University, Birmingham. Present-day understandings of the disorder and how it affects one’s functioning will be shared by Essex-based counsellor Jonathan Youssef.
Nervous Metaphors of Medicine | Sat 10 Nov 2018 3pm
Join Dr. Tracey Loughran from University of Essex and Mark Wheeler from PTSD Essex for an afternoon of insights in relation to Not Yet At Ease. Chaired by Dr. Stevphen Shukaitis, Senior Research Associate in Philosophy & Art History at the University of Essex.
Battlefield Signals | Thurs 22 Nov 2018 7pm
Dr. David Omissi uncovers the letters of Indian Soldiers who served in the First World War, with special guests to bring these writings to life in front of a live audience.
Emotional Legacies | Sat 8 Dec 2018 3pm
Performance + Talk
Colchester-based Flux Dance Collective and Mosaic Poetry respond to the themes of Not Yet At Ease alongside Professor Michael Roper from University of Essex, revealing the long-term emotional legacies of the First World War.
What the Archives Tell Us | Tues 11 Dec 2018 7pm
Learn about the stories uncovered through archival materials that have been the inspiration for Not Yet At Ease from Jane Carmichael, former Director of Collections at Imperial War Museum.
Sharing Stories | Sat 19 Jan 2019 12:30pm
Talk + Cooking Workshop
Join us for this unique closing event that sets out to discover the personal stories of soldiers and others during the First World War. Presented by Shrabani Basu – author of Victoria & Abdul: The True Story Of The Queen’s Closest Confidant. Followed by a traditional Gurkha-style outdoor cooking workshop, led by members of Colchester’s Nepalese Society.
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