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How do we dance an archive? How do we remember, keep or forget?

This outdoor performance installation unfolds and expands the encounters, dances and images of Tara’s book, Mishandled Archive*, and the year-long daily practice that created it. Performed with the participation of local contributors, an immersive flow of disrupted movements and fragmentary storytelling, brings us together to rethink notions of belonging, remembering and travelling.

Dances, music, songs, hundreds of old and new photographs, foreign languages, blossoms and stories that are too difficult to be told come together to create this poetic choreographic exploration of how an archive and its histories can be embodied in everyday sites.

Mishandled Archive started in 2017: Every day, for 365 days. Tara Fatehi placed fragments from her collection of family photos and documents in unexpected public places and made new photographs and a dance before leaving each piece.

This event will take place outdoors in a public park in the centre of Nottingham. Exact details of the meeting place will be shared 3 days before the event.

*The book, Mishandled Archive is a coming together of 365 photographs, dance scores, reminiscences and essays from the project. Find out more and purchase the book.

This is an outdoor FREE event. Booking is advised to secure your place.


Suitable for all.

We ask for any children attending to be supervised by an adult during the event.

Sporadic mentions of violence and references to trauma. Audience are invited to participate but not mandatory. Standing/walking piece.

Online booking for this event closes Sunday 23 October, 2pm.

You may want to watch this performance at the earlier showing at 1.30pm available here.


Landscape header image by Jemima Yong.


Supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Fund, and Lancaster Arts.

Mishandled Archive: Live Performance by Tara Fatehi – 3.30PM showing
presented at Arboretum Park

Arboretum Park, Waverley Street
Nottingham, NG7 4HF United Kingdom

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