Passive Aggressive 2 (2014) presents a group of performers who work together to explore passive aggressivity as an everyday workplace performance. This is the second in a series of performances i made in collaboration with lucy beech which perform the contradictions inherent in passive aggressive behaviour and deconstruct how passivity and aggression can co-exist in the same set of actions.
The performers use foley techniques to make the sound of slaps, kicks, punches and body blows. Performed in sequence these noises come together to make the sound of a fight. The violence of this soundscape contradicts the energy of the group's efforts to work and dance together, so that rather than expressing negative feelings indirectly the group work together to air resentments and make underlying violent feelings public.
Performed by rob crosse, clara andersson, timothy taylor and debra leigh-taylor
choreographed by lucy beech and edward thomasson
Passive aggressive 2 was developed and presented at camden arts centre in 2014. it was included in marina abramovic takes on tv on sky arts in 2020.
capucine perrot's review of passive agressive 2, metropolis m, 2014
PHOTO: HUGO GLENDINNING