Brexit means Brexit! (2018)
Farah Saleh and Professor Victoria Tischler are investigating the collective mental health of the residents in the UK after Brexit. They are interested in what led to that vote, but more importantly in what is happening right now: the fear, anger, polarization of the society, the explicit racism and even more in what will happen next. They are trying to understand the famous endlessly repeated phrase by Teresa May Brexit means Brexit! What does that exactly mean? Where is the threshold between democracy, dictatorship and fear led campaigns? What does Brexit entail on a personal level for the 'remoaners' who have been branded liberal hysterics, and for artists currently residing in the UK, who consider themselves citizens of the world, but also for those who voted to leave? Do you feel targeted? Are you feeling the tension of Brexit? How does that fear manifest itself, physically, emotionally and socially?
Research: Farah Saleh and Victoria Tischler
Choreography: Farah Saleh
Dancers: Robert Hesp and Tanja Erhart
Bsl interpreter: Amy Cheskin
Costumes: Jill Skulina
Commissioned by: PS/Y for Hysteria
Produced by: Claricia Parinussa
First research period was with Candoco
The Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund
and Creative Scotland
Dance Base. © Beth Chalmers
Siobhan Davies Studios (London) March 2018, Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival (Ramallah) April 2018, DanceLive (Aberdeen) October 2018, Beacon Arts Centre (Greenock), Dance Base (Edinburgh), CCA part of Take Me Somewhere Festival (Glasgow), Macphail Centre (Ullapool) May 2019.