Pema Clark – Boudhanath – Sunday 14th

BoudhanathThe traditional Buddhist stupa is a representation of the awakened human mind and provides a frame for a performance setting light and dark in conversation with each other. The live art performance is named after the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu where I visited in 1997 when I was first a Buddhist. In this short durational work, my husband contemplates the impending death of his mother and his relationship with his father. BOUDHANATH reflects on the nature of intimacy, the role of the mother and father in the development of self and identity, relationships and liberation from self-imposed imprisonment from the past.

Venue: Factory Studios (Courtyard)
Date: Sunday 14th September
Time: 12.30/ 16.00
Audience Info:This work will be of particular interest to anyone interested in autobiography, live art and Buddhism and meditation. 30 minutes

The traditional Buddhist stupa is a representation of the awakened human mind and provides a frame for a performance setting light and dark in conversation with each other. The live art performance is named after the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu where I visited in 1997 when I was first a Buddhist. Inside a stupa frame/prison sits a man (my real-life partner, a mental health nurse for 30 years) contemplating the impending death of his mother and his relationship with his father. He sits on 108 copies of their pictures. Outside the frame I circumnambulate the stupa, praying the Buddhist rosary. The man tries to get my attention without success by throwing crushed pictures of his parents at her. When he has exhausted himself, the woman makes a string of prayer beads out of the crushed pictures, enabling the man to come out of his prison. He now circumnambulates while the woman enters the heart of the stupa and the praying continues. BOUDHANATH is a relational work reflecting on the nature of intimacy, the role of the mother & father in the development of mental health, relationships and liberation from self-imposed imprisonment from the past.

About Pema Clark & Nick Bishop

Pema Clark trained as an actor at Guildford School of Acting (class of 1992) and has been a practicing Buddhist in the Tibetan tradition since 1997, two of those years spent as a Buddhist nun. After several years as an actor, director and stage manager, she returned to education and is currently a PhD candidate in the drama department of the University of East Anglia where her practice-based research is on Buddhist Influences in Contemporary Performance. Solo performance art work includes At Sea: 1980 – 2010 (Centre for Creative Collaboration and Norwich Arts Centre); No(h) Father (UEA and Warwick Arts Centre); Whispers for the Goldsmiths Graduate Festival and Still Life for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich.

Nick Bishop has been a mental health nurse in the NHS for more than 30 years. Boudhanath marks his performance debut.

Want to Know More?

www.pemaclark.com 

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