Dance inspired by demolition of Newport Chartist Mural takes to the stage

Dance inspired by demolition of Newport Chartist Mural takes to the stage

Newport performers Mr and Mrs Clark rehearsing for the Dance Platform in Cardiff which is this weekend. Pictured are Mr and Mrs Clark AKA Gareth Clark and Marega Palser. (7554711)

Newport performers Mr and Mrs Clark rehearsing for the Dance Platform in Cardiff which is this weekend. Pictured are (left to right) Andrew James Rock, Gareth Clark, Marega Palser, Steven George Jones, Becky Kemp-Davies. (7554700)

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NEWPORT performers took to the stage this weekend with a work inspired by the demolition of Newport's Chartist mural.

Performance duo Mr and Mrs Clark and Newport artists Bosch collaborated to produce a series of performance experiments to explore the destruction of art.

The Wales Dance Platform, which began on Friday, brought together dancers, choreographers, photographers and filmmakers to showcase their latest work.

The Newport performers were using music and film in their performance, called Smash It Up, at Chapter, in Canton, on Saturday at 8pm.

They said the aim was to “focus on destruction in order to understand that artists need to create something in the first place”.

The project has been inspired by a series of events including the demolition of the Chartist Mural in 2013.

Gareth Clark, who was working in New York at the time, said: “Watching the demolition of the mural via social media updates was both infuriating and moving.

“I felt compelled to explore other examples of destruction in art and I hope this project will stimulate people to consider their own feelings on the matter.”

Mr and Mrs Clark have been making performance, live art and dance theatre since 2002.

For more information visit mrandmrsclark.co.uk

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5:28pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

Is there a Bright character in it swinging a sledge hammer?
Is there a Bright character in it swinging a sledge hammer? Woodgnome
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9:14pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

You've got to let it go ... move on.
You've got to let it go ... move on. Limestonecowboy
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