The Body Series
Somerset House Studios

The Body Series: New Suns

Sat 16 Nov 2019
17.30 - 21.00
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

The Body Series is a new programme of four events focused on the exploration of feminism, sexuality and expression through text, movement and sound.

Taking the body as a physical or metaphorical concept, The Body Series will explore the social and political concerns with the power structures in which bodies are created, exist within and how they can disrupt those structures through personal or collective strategies. The first event in the series will be in collaboration with New Suns, a feminist curatorial and storytelling project founded by Sarah Shin.

“The Gethenians do not see one another as men or women. This is almost impossible for our imaginations to accept. After all, what is the first question we ask about a newborn baby? … There is no division of humanity into strong and weak halves, protected/ protective. One is respected and judged only as a human being.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

Inspired by Gethen, an ungendered world also known as Winter in visionary author Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel The Left Hand of Darkness, New Suns and Somerset House Studios presents a celebration of all gender identities and expressions, with a performative reading from The Left Hand of Darkness, music, astrology readings, poetry and protection spells and rituals from Caspar Heinemann, Roz Kaveney, Francesca Lisette, So Mayer, Nisha Ramayya, Himali Singh Soin, Linda Stupart, Ayesha Tan-Jones plus more.
Full programme TBA.

Header Image: Artwork: Linda Stupart, Photo: Ryan Sloan