It Was 40 Years Ago Today

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A research project devoted to uncovering and archiving the history of Performance Art in Wales.

Prosiect ymchwil i ddadorchuddio ac archifo hanes Celf Perfformio yng Nghymru.

Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.

If you have any information on performance in Wales that could be of use to the project, please get in touch!

Whether you are an artist who has made performance work in Wales, or an audience member who once witnessed a performance (voluntarily or involuntarily!), we would be pleased to hear from you.
Any material will be of interest - from actual pieces of documentation to vague memories of events caught out of the corner of one's eye.
mail@performance-wales.org

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw wybodaeth am berfformio yng Nghymru a allai fod o ddefnydd i'r prosiect!

Efallai eich bod yn artist sydd wedi gwneud gwaith perfformio yng Nghymru, neu'n aelod o gynulleidfa a welodd berfformiad unwaith (o'ch gwirfodd neu'n anwirfoddol!). Pwy bynnag ydych chi, hoffem glywed gennych.
Bydd unrhyw ddeunydd o ddiddordeb - o ddogfennau gwreiddiol i atgofion amwys am ddigwyddiadau a welwyd o gornel y llygad.
Mae'r manylion cyswllt wedi'u rhestru dan 'Cyswllt' yma, neu gallwch anfon e-bost i'r cyfeiriad hwn: mail@performance-wales.org

Project Director Cyfarwyddwr Prosiect: Heike Roms
Dept Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol

Contact: Professor Heike Roms
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol
Aberystwyth University
Adeilad Parry-Williams Building
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ,
UK phone ffon: (+44) 1970 - 621911 (direct uniongyrchol) mail@performance-wales.org

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) (2009-2011)
(CYNGOR YMCHWIL Y CELFYDDYDAU A’R DYNIAETHAU) (2009-2011)
ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES (ACW) (2006-2008)
CYNGOR CELFYDDYDAU CYMRU (CCC) (2006-2008)
SIR DAVID HUGHES PARRY AWARD 2006, 2008
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUND (2007)

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What's Welsh for Performance? Beth yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg?

:15 events from 15 years: 1976

:1965 :1966 :1967 :1968 :1969 :1970 :1971 :1972 :1973 :1974 :1975 :1976 :1977 :1978 :1979

     

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Rob Con [i.e. Robert Conybear] and Ian Hinchliffe

Interviews with Hinchliffe and Con [or] Interviews with Con and Hinchliffe

19 March - 29 March 1976

itinerant: Cardiff, Carmarthen, Aberystwyth, Harlech, Wrexham, Anglesey, etc.

University College of Swansea Arts Festival

[Photos: courtesy of Robert Conybear Archive Collection (Private)]

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Performances at 'day-to-day' Public situations (streets, pubs, art centres).
"The Re-discovery of Extinct Phenomena"
(leaflet- Ian Hinchliffe private collection)

As to the "Brecon" event this was in 1976 […] The actual location I'm not sure about and as I believe we were lost in the middle of the night after trying to "fit in" in a village pub which insidently [sic], talking about, going back in time was full of people who looked like a 60s Carnaby St. but would only speak Welsh. Rob and I were not preturbed [sic] as we had our own language! "PeePee-Pah-Pah-Po!" Our differences were always referred to meeting to fight in the Cabbage Patch. As this was situated in an allotment in Handsworth, Birmingham, we never physically fought. We left that pub and went to the mountains where it snowed like hell and our 'performance' was more of an abstract endurance test than a piece of art. We had to sleep out there! […]
The event with Rob was a tour sponsored by Welsh Arts. […] Oh, yes, we tried to do a Street Event in Harlech but this was blighted by a heavy sea mist and we were rendered invisible… only "Pee-Pee-Pa-Pah-Po"ing gave our presence away! Then we painted portraits of Market traders in Machynlleth market. These were miniatures painted on Woodbines (small cigarettes) mounted on specially made easils [sic] that allowed the cigarette to revolve. The subject had to slowly revolve as they were being depicted! Eventually, a ridiculous scrap broke out as everyone wanted their portrait done and … well, the rest as they say, is history…

(Ian Hinchliffe, Letter 1 October 2006

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For more information on the event and on its available documentation search our database.

Or listen to our oral history conversation with Robert Conybear.