Steinwerk with Sean Borodale and Steve Boyland

Thursday 2 March 7pm - Wednesday 8 March 8pm

Six evening performances stand at the heart of his durational, experiential artwork in which a staged rock acts as a prompt for a discourse of resonances. The focus of each performance is enquiry into the nature of animacy, utilising the theatre as a laboratory for sculptural and vocal processes; the use of the term ‘performance’ itself will be interrogated. Each performance is a stand-alone work, but will carry connections across the series as a total work comprised of six parts. It is urged, where possible, audience might return to see more than one of the six events. In addition, the workshop on 4t March and the symposium on 8th March are bookable and open to all, with opportunity to meet the artists and gain further insight into questions and processes behind this unique and original collaboration.

From 12-5pm on 2nd – 7th March and 12 - 2pm on Wednesday 8th March, Steinwerk’s sculptural installation on stage in the theatre is open for viewing.

Ticketed performances (each 1hr) will be of an on-going, evolutionary work in six parts at 7pm from Thursday through to Tuesday, with a final symposium on the afternoon of Wednesday  March, which will have some availability for attendance. 1hr event is £10, if you buy 2 events you get the third for free. The final symposium is free of charge, but booking is essential.

A limited edition bookwork / artist pamphlet will be available in the bookshop or box office on each day, as a series of printed works to accompany that day's performance in evolution.


Thursday 2nd March launch reception 6-9pm  

Thursday 2 March 7-8pm : Steinwerk I/ teil eins

Friday 3 March 7-8pm : Steinwerk II / teil zwei

Saturday 4 March 7-8pm : Steinwerk III / teil drei

Sunday 5 March 7-8pm : Steinwerk IV / teil vier

Monday 6 March 7-8pm : Steinwerk V / teil fünf

Tuesday 7 March 7-8pm : Steinwerk VI / teil sechs

Wednesday 8 March 3-5pm Steinwerk : Symposium of the Rock


Steve Boyland is a vocalist and performance/sound artist based in the UK. His interdisciplinary practice, which locates itself in the embodied, improvisational voice, explores the expressive, energetic and metaphysical possibilities of spontaneous utterance/sounding in a variety of spatial, durational and ritual contexts. The main focus of his activity is the creation of site-specific live performance and sound installation for gallery, festival, theatre and concert spaces across the UK and internationally. In addition, he engages with artists from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds. Recent projects include collaborations with poets Sean Borodale and Steven Fowler, free improvisers Maggie Nicols and PhilMinton and visual artists Jorge Macchi, Haroon Mirza and Bob and Roberta Smith.

Sean Borodale (BA,MA, PhD) is a poet and as an artist whose print, text, installation, performance, radio and poetry draws on a live, scripted process of writing. Helectures in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and is Hon. Research Fellow inPrint at the Slade School of Fine Art. MightyBeast, his documentary poem for BBC Radio 3 won a Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Feature or Documentary. His first collection of poems Bee Journal was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Costa Books Award. Subsequent collections include Human Work, about the ritual and metamorphosis of cooking, Asylum, written underground as a study of darkness and ravaged earth, and Inmates, staging encounters with insects in the intimacy of domestic space. Notes for an Atlas, a topographical poem written whilst walking around London, was adapted and directed by Mark Rylance for Southbank as Monument for a Witness.With Steve Boyland he explores the nature of the ‘lyrigraph’ through ongoing performance discourse whose output includes AsylumOedipus (Bluecoat, Liverpool) and ForSome Time Nothing (Capstone Theatre).