A man dances in the space, a blur of rosy tissue and liquid mass sliding over shifting ground. Threads of whipped candy and shining flesh bounce and spin in the artificial luminance. A face of silver and pink, eyes bright, scanning the trembling edge of the circle for signs of joy and reconnection.
TOUCH PLAY SEE
RUB GRIND HOLD
BEAT ((PULSE)) SHUDDER
HARD C*CK is a 60 minute performance celebration by Robert Hesp; an open look at ideas of sexual autonomy, identity and fragility and an attempt to rediscover the pleasure of skin and bone in a live space.
A piece for me, for you, for the void and the person on the other side of the laptop screen.
Rosie Elnile Scenography
Joshua Gadsby Lighting design/operation
Peter Rice Sound design
Richard Dodwell Dramaturgy
PAST PERFORMANCE DATES
Pearce Institute, Glasgow, BUZZCUT Festival 20th March 2015
Chisenhale Dance Space, London 13th November 2015
NEAT Festival, Nonsuch theatre, Nottingham 4th June 2016
LIMEWHARF, London 30th June - 2nd July 2016
NEWK at Live Art Bistro, Leeds 13th July 2016
DUCKIE at the RVT, London 13th August 2016
SPILL Festival, Ipswich 28th October 2016
Camden Peoples Theatre May 2017
Dublin Live Art Festival August 2017
"Courageous and profoundly touching"
Bill Bankes Jones,
Artistic Director, Tête à Tête
"Backed by a pumping playlist of dance floor anthems, the show is both joyous and painful as we witness one man’s struggle with love, lust and loss. Nothing but thought-provoking, and always downright sexy."
Director of Metal Peterborough
With thanks to Gianluca Gasparini, Sarah Kouhou, Roswitha Cheshire, everyone who donated via Kickstarter, Chisenhale Dance Space, Metal Peterborough, LimeWharf London and SPILL festival.
Images below by Sarah Kouhou, Visual Instincts, Claudia Greco and Lucrezia Chiarle.