The Tao Te Ching Cycle

What is honesty when performing art?

Tue 30 Oct 2018

The Tao Te Ching Cycle


Produced and presented by Shir Victoria Levy

What is honesty in the performance of art?

Violinist Shir Victoria Levy commissions six composers to battle this question using verses from the Tao Te Ching as a common point of departure.

The ability to be honest implies sharing what’s within with the outside world. It requires a dialogue with another; an exchange. And yet as a performing artist, being honest is a dialogue we mostly have with and within ourselves; a fascinating contradiction.

Along with actor Peter Marinker and painter James John Jolly, Shir explores what it means to be honest on stage. The actor and painter interpret the music in their respective media. Even though these are all different art forms, there is a commonality evident in the respective performances, due to them being dependent on reactive impulses. This dynamic exploration is at the heart of the cycle.

Painter James John Jolly is “capturing the transient beauty of nature, through emotive colour and abstract form. I use Abstraction so that all the connotations of form are removed, you can then connect with all races and creeds. Within my paintings I wish to give people spaces to wonder and room to breathe.” James is based in London.

Peter Marinker's childhood was in the Canadian Praries. He came to the UK in the early 60s where he painted, decorated and performed in London’s first fringe theatre. Over the years he has done voice work in radio, voice overs, scores of audio books, poetry readings, and theatre work, his life's passion. Theatre credits include: The Factory Company, The People Show, Shakespeare’s Globe, the RSC, and the Old Vic. Films include: United 93, Event Horizon, Love Actually, Judge Dredd, The Russia House, Martian Chronicles, and Fear is the Key. With Samuel Beckett's publisher, John Calder, he formed The Godot Company and directed and played Vladimir in Waiting for Godot at The Cockpit Theatre where he has been performing his monthly series of readings from Beckett's work for the past ten years.

Shir Victoria Levy is a violinist born in New York City who thrives on crossing modalities in performance art, marrying dance, acting, music and live action painting. Six outstanding composers have been commissioned to write for Shir works for Solo Violin and Actor, which she will perform in October 2018 at The Cockpit Theatre in London. Shir premiered many new solo violin works, including Endurance, a 2 to 9 hour performance art contest piece composed by Richard Hames, performed at London’s Open Senses Festival. She collaborated with acclaimed food historian Tasha Marks for her Sensory Symphony series and enjoys an invigorating performance art duo partnership with live action painter James John Jolly. She performed Bach Sonata No. 2 on Luca Alessandrini’s Spider-Silk Violin at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of London Design Festival and at New Scientist Live. Shir performed at Love Supreme Festival, collaborating with Harmoniumist Will Thornton to create a captivating Sound Healing performance. Shir completed her Masters of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Tel-Aviv Opera House in Israel and had her Carnegie Hall debut with Ida Haendel. Shir made her concerto debut at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC with the KCO performing Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1.

Tuesday 30th October - 7:30pm
Full price: £8 Concessions: £5