4th mayo 2011
University of Sussex MA student performs one-woman show at the Brighton Festival
Life History and Life Writing MA student and performer Sue MacLaine, meantime, takes on the persona of artist’s model and professional bohemian Henrietta Moraes for her one-woman show, Still Life. (Life Drawing Studio, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton: Sunday May 8 (7pm perf only), 15, 22 and Saturday 14, 21 and 28. Saturdays at 3pm and 7pm; Sundays at 12pm, 3pm and 7pm).
Moraes, the queen of the 1950s Soho set of hard-drinking artists, writers and characters, was muse and model for Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and latterly for the artist Maggi Hambling.
Sue, who is inspired in her performance work by her MA studies in the University’s Centre for Community Engagement (CCE), will literally bare all as she recounts the louche, extraordinary life of Moraes while simultaneously posing for the audience. Artists’ materials will be provided for all audience members who fancy trying their hand at a drawing during the performance.
The University of Sussex is an Associate Sponsor of the Brighton Festival, guest-directed this year by the celebrated Burmese politician and democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was freed by the Burmese military regime in 2010 after 20 years under house arrest.