Donâ€™t Leave Me This Way marks a challenge in Franko Bâ€™s performance practice, formalizing his recent departure from blood-based work. In Donâ€™t Leave Me This Way Frankoâ€™s body is presented naked and unpainted. The piece is being developed in two formats in which Franko is seated on a raised plinth or altar, either in front of a mass audience or in a one-to-one encounter. A bank of bright lights will flood the audience to the point of averting their gaze. Carefully choreographed with well-established lighting designer Kamal Ackarie, this blinding technique will mimic the effect that Frankoâ€™s bleeding body has on audience members, while opening up a new range of emotional and bodily responses.
This is, by my reckoning, Franko’s third visit to Birmingham, following on from I Miss You in 2000 and Oh Lover Boy in 2001 (Did I miss any?), and takes place at the CBSO Centre on Berkley St on Saturday at 7.00pm. Tickets are a quite reasonable Â£8. More info on the Fierce Site.
There are a number of other events occurring on Saturday which I could list here but instead I’ll just point you towards the listings. (I’m quite keen to check out Haircuts by Children myself, even though I have very little hair.)
Animation © Franko B – used for promotional purposes.