Carnesky's Tarot Drome was devised by 15 of London's hottest performers including hula hooping extraordinaire Chi Chi Revolver Performance artiste Rhyannon Styles Burlesque performer Vicky Butterfly and choreographer and live artist H Plewis.
Tarot Drome was conceived and directed by show-woman Marisa Carnesky, who has been making performance work for over twenty years. She is best known for Carnesky’s Ghost Train, a large scale arthouse theme park ride with live performers, now permanently sited in Blackpool. Her solo shows include Jewess Tattooess, and City of Women, and previous collaborations include the Olivier Award-winning C’est Duckie.
"The tarot works. No-one really knows why. The cards you pick at random act as a reflection of your innermost hopes and fears, reveal old wounds and historical personalities, and speak of unknown futures." What if you could meet the cards in the flesh? Would you dare peek behind the veil of the High Priestess? Frolic with the Fool or come toe-to-toe with the Devil? Have you ever wanted to dissolve the barrier between the conscious and the unconscious and see what lies on the other side?
The first part of the show saw the audience free to roam around the extraordinary tunnels underneath Waterloo station, which provided the setting for this unique piece of promenade theatre. As the audience moved around the space they met and interacted with several or the major arcana of the tarot personified through abstract performance art and ritual.
I played the card of Temperance during the show using a meter squared human sized fish tank to create a durational piece of performance improvisation. I loved working with the tank and felt like it continuously offered me new ways of moving and interacting with it's cold and hard surfaces. Each night of the performance during my 40 min improvisation i would discover new things, It was lucky that i enjoyed working on it so much as it was very enduring for the body and I spent the best part of the run collecting bruises.
Here is what Libby Purves - Theatre Critic at the The Times had to say about my performance;
'Temperence delivers a powerful acrobatic performance on the tank'
The second part of the show took the form of a spectacular roller skating finale with a twist, choreographed by H Plewis to a bespoke live soundtrack from Rasp Thorne and the Briars The show was starlight express meets eyes wide shut, a mixture of entertaining skating routines, avant garde performance art, roller derby madness, and ritualistic story telling.
So, that's all on Tarot Drome, you can read about devising and rehearsals on my earlier blog post here, have a gander at the Tarot Drome at Latitude Festival and check out the website Here!
Thanks for reading x