Through this assemblage, we encounter family histories linked with national ones, and the abstract ideas of citizenship become exemplified in concrete sites and episodes: monuments, battle-fields, town-meeting halls and their denizens.
Day’s performance practice emerged through working with Simone Forti and her moving-speaking improvisational work. In particular with her News Animations, Forti establishes a way to approach content and subject matter that avoids illustration or didacticism - an embodied reportage form that opens up with the public accompanying in a shared unfolding.
Since 2008, Day and Forti, usually joined by Fred Dewey as a kind of ‘Trio’, have worked together extensively, including an evening at the Emily Harvey Foundation in 2010. For this evening Forti will contribute a reading of her written work as a counter-point to Day’s performance.