The project takes the starting point from Almborg’s research into cultural-historical psychology, its relation to Stanislavski’s method and the concept of ‘Perezhivanie’; a unification of thinking and feeling and its application in both pedagogy and drama.
Almborg initiated an exchange between young people from Hackney, London and Mid Powys, Wales, realised together with theatre professionals. Inside workshops they used tools associated with the concept to approach the subject matter and develop a play that draws connections between two historical moments: The Rebecca Riots, a peasant revolt against tollgates and enclosure of the commons in 1840s Wales, alongside the more recent London riots in 2011. The exchange between the two groups was realised through drama to foster an understanding of the riots, alongside framing attendant issues around race, class, enclosure and property.
The play was performed in Llandrindod Wells, rural Wales, in the summer of 2018 and staged by Almborg and theatre makers Ralph Bolland, Lavinia Hollands and Gbenga Olopade together with the participating young actors: Jamie Baker, Doridan Nahoum Bavangila, Buck Blake, Priscila Siboko Bohe, Valentina Coley, Merlyn Hawthorne, Ellis Holt, Rhos Lapworth, Prince Owusu, Brandon Thorne, Liam Tooze, Caitlin Williams, Edmund Wozencraft, Mary Yekini.
Swedish artist, Emanuel Almborg lives and works in Stockholm and London. He was a Whitney Independent Study Programme Studio recipient, New York City (2014-15) and is currently a PhD candidate at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Learning Matter', Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017) 'That Which Follows', Konsthall C, Stockholm (2012), 'Nothing is Left to Tell', Muro Gallery, Geneva (2011), and 'The Rest is Silence', Formcontent, London (2009). Group exhibitions, include 'Mothers', Turf Projects, London (2018), 'A New Job To Unwork At', Participant Inc, New York (2018). With The Future Behind Us, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, (2018), The Snow White Banquet, Centre de Pompidou, Paris (2010), Runaway Train, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2010). Recent selected screenings and public events include the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo: 'Incerteza Viva' (2016) and 'The Majority Never has Right on its Side', Beursschouwburg, Brussels.
The project has been generously supported by Kungliga Konsthögskolan, PG Films, Mid Powys Youth Theatre and Immediate Theatre.