“I love the work of Geraldine Pilgrim, an artist who was making site responsive, promenade and immersive shows and installations long before such work became fashionable. This is a good example of the power of a great idea when executed in the right way and right place. Which just at the moment, of course, is made with women within their own homes and watched within your own home. I first saw it in Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall and its since been performed all over the place from village halls to a women’s prison in France. It is a show which celebrates the agency of women, the siren call of a really great piece of music, and the fact that a handbag can be a women’s best dance partner.”
“A celebratory online participatory performance with wonderful music, dancing and handbags”
Mountview is thrilled to be working alongside Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company to present Handbag at Home – a celebratory online participatory performance with wonderful music, dancing and handbags. Watch for free here from 7pm on Monday 29 June.
Geraldine Pilgrim’s Handbag was originally commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre for their Grand Hall in 2008. Since then, Handbag has re-imagined for every space – inside and out – where it is performed; including theatres, galleries, parks, festivals, village halls, streets, and a women’s prison in France.
With theatres and community centres now closed, Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company and Mountview London present Handbag at Home, a performance maintaining the joy of Handbag but now online; with over fifty women dancing round their “handbags at home” to ‘Let’s Dance’ by David Bowie.