A Stage for Any Revolution

Alia Farid

11-19 July 2015

Performance · Visual Arts · Nutford Place

A Stage for any Revolution

A Stage for any Revolution


Sat 11 – Sun 19 July 2015 (excluding Mon 13 July)
Open access all day

Free, no booking required

Nutford Place

Edgware Road,
London, W2
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Launch event

Sat 11 July, 3.30pm
Free event, no booking required

Bright Echo

18 July, 3.30pm
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A Stage for Any Revolution is an open modular ‘stage’ by artist Alia Farid based on an architectural model from 1929 by constructivist set designer, Victor Shestakov.

The stage, re-envisaged for Edgware Road will be used by the public in many different ways; for long-distance participation in events happening across the Arab world, or for sitting together to share discussions, or for making declarations or speeches, convening groups of people, and hosting events.

Alia Farid will take up residence on the Edgware Road, and over the course of the Shubbak festival the ‘stage’ will come to life with a series of performances, reading groups and the launch of a new publication Continuous City: Mapping Arab London.

Launching on 11th July, A Stage for Any Revolution is the result of Alia Farid’s six months of research as part of the residency programme From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods in London and Doha. Alia Farid undertook this residency with the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project in Summer 2013 and at Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha in Spring 2014.  The artists involved investigated the possibilities for public life by generating interest in shared spaces, values, and responsibilities over the development of these neighbourhoods that shape our cities.

A Stage for Any Revolution will be running from 3 – 7pm on the following dates with performances at the indicated times below:

Saturday 11 July – 3.30pm a collective reading of Zoe Leonard’s I want a president… in English and Arabic. Listen to a reading in Arabic.

Sunday 12 July – 4pm a performance by dancer Kiani del Valle; 6pm … not a luxury a performance-reading by diásporas críticas

Tuesday 14 July –  Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Friday 17 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras and Younes Baba-Ali’s Carroussa Sonore 

Saturday 18 July – 3.30pm Acts of Memory – Tyburnia performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory, a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Organised by Sophia Al-Maria.  To coincide with the launch of sound commission Bright Echo.

Sunday 19 July – 4pm performance workshop by Implicated Theatre and 6pm a series of performances by Colette Dalal Tchantcho and Balquis Duval

Part of our ‘In-Situ’ programme, find out more on the Shubbak blog here. Post about the in-situ works you encounter using #ShubbakInSitu

Commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, the British Council and Shubbak