PERFORMANCE: Anthony Matsena ‘Geometry of Fear’

Filmed Saturday 5 September 2020 at Messums West

duration: 51:44 minutes

Eight dancers took to the stage at for a new performance ‘Geometry of Fear’ choreographed by our then Performance Associate Anthony Matsena.’Geometry of Fear’ is a term coined by the critic Herbert Read in 1952 to describe the work of a group of young British sculptors characterised by tortured, battered or blasted looking human.

Although not initially Elisabeth Frink came to be a part of this dynamic. Those who witnessed Anthony Matsena’s ground-breaking performance When it Arrives, commissioned for MOVEMENT at Messums West in 2019, will not easily forget it. Following that remarkable event, Anthony became our Performance Associate for 2019/20 and this September, we are delighted to present the result of that process as a new work, made in response to the repercussions of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and uses – as its start point – the creative energy of Elisabeth Frink’s output and her recreated Woolland Studio.


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