Alumni commissioned by V&AFri 19 February 2021
Formed in 2017, Mass Hysteria is a multicultural all-female dance collective who met while studying at Trinity Laban. The group went on to be one of six TL Innovation Award winners in 2019, producing their self-curated series MassHysteriaPresents. The series provides a platform for artists to display work, share ideas and give talks and presentations across South East London.
They have presented work as part of Tate Exchange and Resolution 2020 and created in this. net in May 2020 as part of TL’s #SelfIsolationCreation campaign.
The group’s next major commission is producing an exclusive virtual work for the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance as part of their Friday Late series.
The original late-night event, V&A’s Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences together with leading and emerging artists and designers through free online experiences.
The playful new work ‘mh4v&a_1.prologue’ asks how the relationship between audience and performer can be reinvented in the digital space and considers ways to create immediacy and intimacy in this virtual world.
MassHysteria comments –
“We are excited to receive a commission to create work for V&A Friday Late. They recognised our recent online work and its exploration into something that is ‘born digital’ rather than a digitised version of a live performance. Be prepared for MassHysteria to choreograph your desktops!”
V&A’s Friday Late Programme Curator Jenna Mason comments –
“I’m delighted to be working with MassHysteria Collective on this Friday Late commission. I find their approach to chorography for and within the digital space really exciting, and collaborating with them to continue these experiments has been fantastic.”
Mass Hysteria will present ‘mh4v&a_1.prologue’ on Friday 26 February 2021 at 20.00 on V&A’s Instagram and YouTube channel. To find out more and book visit the V&A website.
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Image credit: MassHysteria