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Marina Abramović Institute Takeover

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4 –⁠ 8 Oct, various times
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
£60
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Vincent Villain

The entire Queen Elizabeth Hall – backstage and all – transforms into the set for enthralling durational performances, curated by conceptual artist Marina Abramović and MAI.

The performances use the entirety of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and is self-led, letting you explore all parts of the building, including the auditorium, Purcell Room, backstage dressing rooms, green rooms, technical spaces and foyer.

The artists have all been invited to make site-specific, long-durational work. They engage with endurance, presence and participation, creating an infinite possibility of encounters between visitors and artists.

The artists featured are Collective Absentia, Carla Adra, Cassils (appearing Wed 4 – Fri 6 Oct only), Paula Garcia, Miles Greenberg, Sandra Johnston, Carlos Martiel, Yiannis Pappas, Paul Setúbal, Aleksandar Timotic and Despina Zacharopoulou.

Marina Abramović is participating on Wednesday 4 October and Sunday 8 October (session one) and is also present at various other times during the takeover.

Carla Adra collaborators: Catherine Carter, Sara Checconi S, Cansu Ezgi Ince, Tyler Carney and Cléo Quesne.

Paula Garcia collaborators: Luis Figueiredo de Mesquita, Artem Pylypenko, Vivian Magalhães and Martina O'Shea.

Miles Greenberg collaborators: Ayo (Taboo) Babatope, Sanchez Rhys, Nemar Parchment, Alexander Aplerku, Samuel de Saboia, Cameron James, Dinero Thompson, Jean Paul Paula, James Corbin, James Jordan Johnson, Kieram Corrin Mitchell, Valerie Ebuwa, Madinah Farhannah Thompson, Elisabeth Mulenga and Chloe Finali.

Marina Abramović Institute (MAI) presents and supports performance art at a global scale. Through an artist-driven process, the institute maintains both a multidisciplinary approach to performance and a focus on long-durational work.

MAI aims to address the complexity of the present time in order to shift awareness and consciousness of human beings through performance. It promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between practitioners of all disciplines, including art, science, technology, and spirituality.

In 2023, MAI opened its space in Karyes, Greece to support creative processes around performance art and generate collaborative thinking. The institute hosts Cleaning the House, a workshop developed by Abramović to reset the body and help understand one’s physical or mental limits. The workshops are open to public participants coming from any discipline.

Globally, the institute creates communal participatory projects that critically engage with time, place, and human experiences. MAI has presented major performance projects in Sao Paulo (2015), Athens (2016), Kyiv (2017), Bangkok (2018), Istanbul (2020) and Amsterdam (2022).

Marina Abramović Institute is: Marina Abramović, Thanos Argyropoulos, Serge Le Borgne, Paula Garcia, Billy Zhao

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 16+. One of the performance pieces has an age recommendation of 18+. Visitor Assistants are available to provide guidance at the point of entry to this performance.

The event on Saturday 7 October at 12 noon is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

This event is self-led, and you are free to enter or leave each artist's work at your own pace.

Marina Abramović is participating on Wed 4 & Sun 8 Oct (session one), and is also present at various other times during the takeover.

Cassils is participating on the following dates: Wed 4, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Oct.

This event deals with themes of oppression, racism, violence, mortality and trauma. Audiences will encounter nudity and loud noise.

Dates & times

 

4 –⁠ 6 Oct, 6pm 

7 - 8 Oct, 12pm & 4pm

 

Approximate run time: 4 hours

Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entry£60*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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Venue

Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Frequently asked questions

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Toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Cloakroom

The Queen Elizabeth Hall cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the Queen Elizabeth Hall, so please leave large bags at home.

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Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

To reach this entrance, enter the Royal Festival Hall via the Southbank Centre Square Doors. Take the JCB Glass Lift to Level 2 and exit to the Riverside Terrace. Turn right to find the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2. 

For access to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating rows A to C and wheelchair spaces in the Front Stalls, please enter via the Artists' Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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