Performed by Sally Charlton
BSL interpretation and subtitles in English are available for this work

I was in you

In 1965

In Notting Hill Gate

In Murray’s Club in Soho

In the telephone box outside of Buckingham Palace

In the train carriage home

In Leeds City Centre

but you will live in me for far longer

In a space cluttered with discarded costumes and glasses of milk, a single female body dresses, undresses, drinks and dances again and again in a choreographic attempt to embody the lineage of women that brought her into being. Scaffolded by recorded conversations with her mother and grandmother about teenage pregnancy, sleazy night clubs and ballet routines, the performer travels through time in an attempt to grab ahold of the knowledges, retrace the steps and remember the conversations, before I forget them, before you forget me, before we forget any of this ever happened.

Content warning

This performance features nudity.

How to view

This performance is viewable online only. You will receive a viewing link once you have booked a ticket. Click the link at the scheduled time and date of the performance to view the video stream. The performance will then be available for four days after the launch stream. This performance was filmed in March 2021 at the New Athenaeum Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, following COVID-19 guidelines.

Approximate running time: 35 minutes

About Sally

Sally Charlton is a multidisciplinary performance artist based in Glasgow. The form of Charlton’s work oscillates between practices of choreography, text and audio. Charlton uses autobiography as a starting place, paralleling personal timelines to world events and using the physical body to connect with wider political and cultural landscapes. Her work focuses on an attempt to connect with those not present. She uses performance as an attempt to communicate with them, embody them, grieve them. The political and architectural backdrop of her home city, London, is often present in her work. Charlton’s work aims to question how we comprehend populations of bodies in a visceral rather than statistical sense and attempting to always find the human within the physical structures.

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