//Slap & Tickle
SLAP AND TICKLE is a dark and ribald physical commentary on cultural mores, forays and sexual taboos. Liz Aggiss places herself centre stage in this solo performance in a vociferously moving and disorientating display of contradictions and interpretations, on girls, ladies, women, mummys, mothers, bitches and dogs, pensioners and senior citizens. Decoding mythologies, platitudes, refrains and old wives tales, this performance navigates itself into a feminist soup; it is push and pull, punishment and reward, slap and tickle……all the way home.
Conceived, written, choreographed and performed by Liz Aggiss, SLAP AND TICKLE beats a path through the personal and historical. The stage is littered with an aural and visual collage; from archive and cover versions, to radio nostalgia and contemporary reference. The performance lurches relentlessly from spoken word to expressionist and music hall movement and gesture, from costume change to prop manipulation.
The performance is driven by content that embodies feminist dance practices, is framed by the politics that challenge and resist the ‘authority’ of formal conventions, revising attitudes towards mature female visibility.
Slap and Tickle is supported by Arts Council England, Dance4, South East Dance, University of Bath.
Slap and Tickle won a Total Theatre Award Edinburgh Festival 2017
Slap and Tickle was presented in 2016/17 over 35 times including; SICK! Manchester, Hear Me Roar Lancaster, Mature Moves Tasmania, Gender Bender Bologna, Ignite Bristol, DIG Glasgow, RISE Findhorn, DanceLive Aberdeen, Brighton Festival, BDE Cardiff, British Council Showcase Edinburgh Festival.
“With the spit of punk and the polish of ballet, Liz Aggiss transformed into a singular provocateur” Lorna Irvine Exeunt Magazine
“a very funny solo piece… no need for Aggiss to bemoan the lack of opportunities facing older women in the theatre, because she puts herself centre stage through her live art practice.” Lyn Gardner
“The hilarious tickle never undermines the serious slap in this solo – sheer brilliance.” Mary Brennan The Herald
"SLAP AND TICKLE smashes through all the taboos associated with growing old and being sexy. Commenting on the associations surrounding women of all ages and the efect they have on our daily lives, Liz Aggiss’ latest work is empowering, liberating and moving”
“drenched in raucous, uninhibited humour, all of which nonetheless unmasks a very real world of gendered prejudices” Róisín O’Brien, Seeing Dance
16 May Orlando Festival, Bergamo Italy
18 May Southbank Centre, London as part of (B)old Festival
26-27 May Teatre Solis Montevideo, Uruguay
2 June Age on Stage International Dansens Hus, Stockholm
8 July Curious Arts Festival BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art, Gateshead
10-11 August Theaterfestival Boulevard Dem Bosch, Netherlands
13 August Magic Mirror Sziget Festival Official, Budapest
27 September The ShowRoom (Chichester), University of Chichester
2 November LEAP Dance Festival LEAP! Festival, Liverpool
8-10 Nov Tobacco Factory Theatres Speilman Theatre, Bristol
16 Nov Festival Mulheres do Mundo WOW Rio de Janerio