SUSAN HEFUNA: TOGATHER
The Whitworth Manchester
30 JUNE - 3 SEPTEMBER 2017
Featuring a major public performance and a wide-ranging exhibition, Susan Hefuna’s timely, poetic work addresses some of the most potent issues of our time: migration, movement and sensations of separation.
The focal point of ToGather will be a free public event to which everyone is invited. Local residents, originally from as far afield as Iran and Sierra Leone, will trace individual paths through Whitworth Park. Their movements will be echoed by dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor, inspired by the emotions enjoyed and endured by migrants as they walk around their new hometowns. The performance includes an original score by Scanner and a digital experience realised by International Magic. Recognising the social importance of food to migrant communities, there will be a wide range of food and drink available on the day. The exhibition will take the form of a ‘mental map’, installed in several rooms at the Whitworth and parts of Whitworth Park. A series of palmwood structures, inspired by boxes seen on the streets of Hefuna’s native Cairo, will be joined by a rich selection of drawings, vitrines, personal objects and a new digital work, all on themes of migration and separation, gathering and togetherness. ToGather’s multiple parts will combine into a hugely moving whole, a work of great significance and power on this most urgent of subjects.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester. In association with Studio Wayne McGregor and International Magic.Supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence, The Oglesby Charitable Trust and My Festival Circle. ToGather is part of the My Festival programme, supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Photo: Susan Hefuna in Düsseldorf, Germany, January 2017. © Donald Christie.
Performance in Whitworth Park
9 July, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Free, no ticket required
In conversation: The Art of Journeys
Sunday 9 July, 1pm-2pm. Free, please book
Maria Balshaw in conversation with Samson Young, Susan Hefuna and Stephen Sutcliffe.
Seating allocation: Seating is limited so advanced booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
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ToGather events: Sunday 9 July, 11am - 5pm
This major new exhibition by artist Susan Hefuna sees her work with 30 participants who have made Manchester their home. The work, called ToGather, also includes a free public performance developed with and performed by dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor.
The exhibition takes the form of 'mental map', installed in several rooms at the Whitworth and parts of Whitworth Park. A series of palmwood structures, inspired by boxes seen on the streets of Hefuna’s native Cairo, are joined by a rich selection of drawings, vitrines, personal objects and a new digital experience by International Magic, all on themes of migration and separation, gathering and togetherness.
The performance on 9 July will see local residents, all of whom are from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, and from as far afield as Iran and Sierra Leone, trace individual paths through Whitworth Park. Joined by dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor, featuring a new original score by British artist Scanner and a live data-driven digital experience by International Magic, the work will use participants’ experiences and stories as a creative stimulus. There will be a range of food and drink available on the day, reflecting the importance of food to all communities.
There will also be a Willow Craft workshop for all ages located in the Clore Learning Studio.
Family Workshop 11am-4pm
Food Stalls 1pm (location: Whitworth Park)
Performance 2pm, 3pm, 4pm (location: Whitworth Park)
More informaiton here
Photography by Michael Pollard © the Whitworth