*At secret locations to be announced via social media.*
Free, all ages. No booking required.
To kick off Pankhurst in the Park, expect an animal print extravaganza with performance art collective, Legacy Fatale. They'll be flying in from New York to channel the warrior women of the Amazon on the streets of Manchester, as part of the radical fem fest, Wonder Women 2016.
Founded in 2008, and led by artists Coco Dolle and Shawn Bishop, Legacy Fatale is a performance choreography group that celebrates the ancient, nomadic warrior women of the Amazon. For Alexandra Arts' Pankhurst in the Park programme, Legacy Fatale's commissioned choreography piece, "The Lasso of Truth", will be a fusion of Mrs Pankhurst’s ‘Suffrajitsu’ bodyguards - women trained in the martial art of Bartitsu to form the elite secret society of “Amazons” - and an animal print extravaganza. Representing an awakening from oppression to liberation, the compositional choreography will include local dancers and involve the public at large.
The Suffrajitsu Wonder Warriors will be appearing across the city between Tuesday 8th March (International Woman's Day) and Friday 11th March. Their pop up performances will lead up to PitP's official launch party with DJ Andrea Trout at the 'Tea Hive' Pavilion in Alexandra Park on 12 March, 2016.
Coco Dolle offers a sneak preview...
"Through a series of intensifying performances, Legacy Fatale will expand upon the lexicon of the female power struggle, bridging myth, history and pop culture. Taking cues from the legendary Amazon Warriors, the iconic Wonder Woman, and the fierce Suffragettes, we will integrate social protest, ancient symbology and Bartitsu practices paying homage to feminisms' ferocious heritage."
This event is also part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival. From 3-13 March 2016, 'Wonder Women' celebrates the women’s movement, which was born in our city, through film, art, music, walking tours, gallery takeovers, comedy and debate, asking how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go.
Banner image © Legacy Fatale