Not Somewhere Else, Monki Business by lucy jefferies

Not Somewhere Else a Blog by Beth Moss

During the Brighton Fringe Festival, a member of our team Beth, visited Monki Business to see the international premier of his new show, Not Somewhere Else.

Monki is circus performer from Amsterdam. He became Monki when he discovered the Chinese pole and double pole, during his circus training. Now he takes us, the audience, on a journey inside his world and inside his head.

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Monki broke the boundaries between circus and theatre by creating a show that uses live music, spoken word, video, circus, and a touch of madness (his own words) to invite the audience into the inner workings of his mind. He broke the fourth wall with the audience, by including us in the show and by speaking to us, to let us know that he was scared of us. He built a wall between him and the audience with a line of shoes, which made him feel more comfortable with us. It was a truly endearing and enlightening experience to be welcomed in to his world.

Monki was a truly accomplished circus performer, moving around his two pole set up beautifully and doing some terrifying drops to the floor which had the audience gasping. He was also a talented musician playing his bass guitar and using a loop peddle to make beautiful melodies that accompanied the his circus acrobatics.

Alongside this, Monki spoke to the audience (often from on top of a very high pole!), as well as having lots of old television screens that he had filmed himself speaking on, and so he had a dialogue with himself, almost as if these were his innermost thoughts talking back to him.

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It was a brilliant merge of circus, acrobatics, music, cabaret, theatre, spoken word, drama and many other things. Brilliantly strange and endearing, Monki made the audience empathise with him, which is a difficult task to do.

A preview of Not Somewhere Else and other works can be seen on the Monki Business website: http://www.monkibusiness.nl/

projectVOX by lucy jefferies

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Tell the story of our time and add the pages to projectVOX, a zine by and for the people of Camden exploring POWER, EQUALITY, HISTORY and PLACE. 

As part of Camden VOX, Quiet Down There calls Camden’s communities to tell their story and leave their mark on the pages of a zine revealing what it means to live in a democracy in 2018.

A zine is a printed pamphlet or booklet like a magazine containing text and images, usually self-published for short-run distribution by one person or a small group. At the heart of zine-making is the power to communicate personal ideas, thoughts and feelings instantaneously and the freedom to share this information with others through duplication. Cutting, pasting and photocopying are common methods for zine generation.

A zine is a tool for exchanging ideas and a platform for disseminating information. Camden is home to an important archive of the feminist zine, Spare Rib which was an active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. The archive is currently held at the British Library in the Borough of Camden. Spare Rib ran between 1972-93 alongside a shifting landscape for women’s equality, which saw The Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act, come into effect (1975) and employment rights to maternity leave (1994). The zine played an active part in challenging roles and representation of women, proliferating ideas and questioning cultural and structural inequalities. 

Inspired by the DIY culture of zine-making, which has its roots in counter-culture under-ground press, activism, punk and fandom, projectVOX will platform the multiple voices that make up the diverse borough of Camden.

What does power look, sound, feel like? Who has power? What is your power?

Taking its lead from the zine-making culture, projectVOX seeks to amplify lesser-heard voices and cause an echo through the borough.  The project invites you to explode the concept of the zine and add your voice to its pages by responding to questions around the four key themes of Camden VOX: POWER, EQUALITY, HISTORY and PLACE. Questions will be announced at key moments throughout the Camden VOX programme and a call to action to contribute to the pages of the zines.

Take part in free zine-making workshops for all ages with visual communicator Amy Mock and meet projectVOX writer in residence Adam Webb.

During zine-making workshops there’ll be an opportunity to create your own 8-page zine booklet in response to key VOX questions. Using collage, cut and paste techniques you can create your own unique zine to take away, photocopy and leave for someone else to find.

Writer and poet, Adam Webb will be taking up residency in the borough’s civic spaces, libraries and on the street to capture encounters with the people of Camden. Adam will be building a body of text, crowd-sourced from his conversations with people around VOX topics. Through encounters by bookshelves, bus-stops and tube stations, Adam will weave the language of the people of Camden into the pages of four distinct zines which will be published over the course of the year. Highlights from zine-making workshops and open submissions from community groups and initiatives in Camden will also feature in the zine, each one guest edited by a different artist, writer and researcher engaged in debate on equality and democracy. 

The zine will be available to pick up in libraries across Camden and viewed online.

Stay tuned for workshop announcements and projectVOX updates by following:

@quietdownthere

#projectVOX

#CamdenVOX

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