FORGERY is the performance installation element of Rachel’s series of works ‘FORGE’ about memorials, decay and places and objects with traumatic histories. Rachel will experiment with the re-creation and destruction of a replica of the Dachau concentration camp gate, working with a dramaturg, sound designer and metalworker. Alongside testing practical welding methods, the residency will explore scale, audience safety, duration and notions of spectacle.
In 2014 the 100kg iron ‘welcome’ gate was stolen from Dachau concentration camp. A local blacksmith made a replica. It was exactly like the original.
FORGE is a new set of work about memorials, replicas, and human behaviour at spaces with difficult histories. lt asks what and who memorials are for, what should happen to places where traumatic events have taken place and who decides. It asks how objects become contaminated by history, and how to balance living with a traumatic past with a responsibility to the present.
During the residency Rachel will experiment with practical welding methods, and the re-creation and destruction of a replica of the Dachau camp gate, working with a dramaturg, sound designer and metalworker.
Rachel Mars is a writer and performer based in the UK. She has been working at the cross-over of performance art and theatre for 13 years. Her work explores female, Jewish and Queer identities and their intersections.
Her recent performance work includes OUR CARNAL HEARTS, a choral dissection of envy; YOUR SEXTS ARE SHIT: OLDER BETTER LETTERS, a queer archive of sex letters; ROLLER, with Mars.tarrab, an interrogation of female aggression for 7 women and STORY #1/#3, a collaboration with Greg Wohead on radical narrative.
She won a Total Theatre Award and the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. She has performed all over the UK and internationally, including recently at Barbican London, Brisbane International Festival, Brighton International Festival, Fusebox Festival Austin, On The Boards, Seattle.
Lead artist – Rachel Mars
Sound – Dinah Mullen
Dramaturg – Wendy Hubbard
Metalwork consultant – TBC
Producer – Claire Summerfield