Feel It Festival
Feel It Festival
The Feel It festival presents four days of events dedicated to investigating some of the most fundamental of human experiences: pain – of body, mind and spirit – and breath.
Through a programme of talks, workshops, discussions and performances, Feel It will weave together research from across the University of Bristol with explorations by visual artists, aerial performers, dancers, theatre-makers and musicians. The collaborations will inspire a new perspective on these often untold features of our human experience and allow public, patients, artists, and researchers alike to feed into our understanding of what it means to be in pain, or to question something so simple as breathing.
This diverse programme will be complemented by an interactive exhibition hosted within the venue.
The exhibition will give you the chance to explore work on pain and breath through sound, video, poetry, art and play. Get hands on with your own experience with installations that encourage you to craft your own pain and breath from metal, paper, and colour. It will be open to the public Saturday 19 November 10:00 – 15:00 and Sunday 20 November, 13:00 – 14:30. The exhibition will also be open during the intervals, and shortly before and after each of the programmed talks and performances, but to ticket holders only.
The featured image for this event is a photo of Viv Gordon whose specially commissioned work Pre Scribed (A Life Written For Me), an emotive and witty dance theatre examining the side effects of being a General Practitioner, will premiere at the festival on 17 November, with a matinee on the 20th. Gordon, who has lived experience of mental ill health, explores research being undertaken into understanding the barriers to help-seeking and improving access to support for the thousands of GPs living with mental illness.
The second festival commission will be developed by aerialists Maddie McGowan and Ziggy Slingsby. Their performance, The Measure of Breath, will draw on the research of Havi Carel, from the University of Bristol, and the Life of Breath project to explore the effects of pathological breathlessness on an individual’s life; from the collapse of the everyday sense of bodily control, to the altered trust in our bodies.
Download a PDF of the printed programme here.
The Feel it festival is produced by the Elizabeth Backwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol and the Life of Breath project, in collaboration with Circomedia. It is supported by the Wellcome Trust‘s Institutional Strategic Support Fund and a Senior Investigator Award.
The festival is being promoted as part of Bristol800. Bristol800 is supported by: