Join Tara Fatehi in a creative process that delves deep into her long-term performance project Mishandled Archive leading to performing in the live performance presented in Nottdance on Sunday 23 October.

What will I be doing?
Through a series of studio-based and site-responsive activities you will explore the themes of Mishandled Archive including engaging with and disseminating personal or inherited life stories; micro-activism and repetition as political action; turning personal archives into movement; translation, mistranslation, and intercultural storytelling.

Participants will think about and practice ways of activating their personal or familial histories through performance and learn simple sequences of texts, songs, and movement to perform with Tara’s direction and facilitation.

As a collective, you will discuss new forms of belonging which redefine the idea of home to transform individual life stories into collective actions. Working with the flaws of memory, remembering, retelling and forgetting. We will take up space in unexpected places. We will write, dance, talk and make new friends.


Who is this for?
Tara is especially interested to meet participants who fluently speak a second language, other than English. We highly encourage migrants or those from migrant backgrounds to apply.

This opportunity may be of specific interest to creative people with an interest in alternative ways of working with personal histories and archives, storytelling, and the body and those interested in practising performative experiments around these themes.

Professional performance practice/training is not required.


– Interest in the themes of alternative engagements with personal histories and archives through performance.

– Confidence in speaking, dancing simple movements and singing, as part of a group, for a live audience.

– Have an interest in working collaboratively and collectively

– Must be aged 18 or over

– Based in the midlands

– Willing to perform outdoors in and amongst the trees around the Bandstand area of the Nottingham Arboretum.

FABRIC will provide refreshments at all workshops and a light lunch will be available on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October. If you require support with travel costs, please state this in your expression of interest.


Wednesday 28 September  6.30-7.30pm  Optional Zoom with Tara 
Sunday 16 October  10am-4pm  Workshop 1  
Wednesday 19 October  6.30-8.30pm  Workshop 2 
Friday 21 October   6.30-8.30pm  Workshop 3 
Saturday 22 October  11am – 6pm  Rehearsal Day  
Sunday 23 October   11am – 6pm  Performance Day 


Please express your interest by Sunday 9 October by completing the form here.


Landscape header image by Jemima Yong.

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