Get up off your couch! Joan Jonas, a central figure in the performance art movement of the 1960s, is to give her first New York performance in over a decade: 'Lines in the Sand: Helen in Egypt' opens at the Kitchen tomorrow, 19 February. The event follows a retrospective exhibition of Jonas' work currently showing at New York's Queens Museum of Art. 'Lines in the Sand' is a re-telling of the story of Helen of Troy, based on the epic poem 'Helen in Egypt' written by H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) and employing live drawing and video, pre-recorded sound and visual elements. Images of contemporary Las Vegas are intercut with Egyptian symbols crafted by the live performer with a piece of chalk. Through the fusion of new technologies with ancient symbolism, and performance with mediated images, Jonas continues to addresses questions of gender and identity. Don't miss a chance to see this legendary figure of contemporary art perform live. - Helen Varley Jamieson.
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