Parade : Parade
Two channel HD video, colour, sound
3 minutes 45 seconds
Parade : Parade is a reimagining of a sketch by Pablo Picasso for the costume design of a Pantomime Horse for 'Parade' – a 1917 ballet from Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. The ballet performs a one-act scenario by Jean Cocteau in which a series of Vaudvillean acts attempt to lure an audience inside to pay to witness their performances. Without knowledge of 'Parade', I had fallen in love with Picasso's sketch because of how it spoke about performance, transformation, and the necessity of cooperation in making an image with bodies. Disappointed with the realisation of the costume in the original ballet, I made a new Pantomime Horse with my friend, costume designer Josa Marx, to be worn by myself and artist Sharon Smith, in a performance for video layered with a recording of a text score that speaks to ideas of performance as labour, the specialised skill of that labour, and the class politics of entertainment. This investigation of these ideas is thickened and complicated by the event of two women artists from working class backgrounds performing a correction to the work of an intense coalition of middle and upper class modernist 'greats'.