“Who needs the Butterfly Effect when you’ve got me? – Godzilla of the performance art world!,” says Liz Aggiss in hilariously accurate self-mockery, of a Barbie doll in red evening gown, seared onto a toy globe. As the doll bends in the middle, the whole world moves up on the ends of her feet. This prop is one of many in Aggiss’ splendid performance lectures in which she, with humour and incisiveness, outlined the essence of her craft.
Talking about framing, seeing in 2 and 3 dimensions, special effects (“neither special nor effective”), live and screen presence, Liz Aggiss “gave people the license to think sideways in the context of the conference.” Performer/choreographer/film maker, and long time citizen of Brighton, Aggiss has stamped an indelible mark on the local and international dance film scenes. Together with composer and co-director Billy Cowie she makes fiercely idiosyncratic dance-based work for live performance, film and multi-media.
Aggiss and Cowie’s work has always had an overtly theatrical tone, and a forceful punk aesthetic which reaches out and grabs you. Making her name in the mid 1980’s with the solo “Grotesque Dancer,” Aggiss became labelled as an ...