Spike Island

Exhibition: Alex Cecchetti At the Gates of the Music Palace


5 May to 8 July 2018


Free entry

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Alex Cecchetti is an artist, poet and choreographer. Over the last decade, he has developed a unique practice which he characterises as the art of avoidance, where representation and concealment go hand in hand with the tactical and the poetic, the visual and the material. His works often begin with a poem which is transformed into an object, a performance or a situation, focusing on how the construction of a narrative can be experienced both physically and emotionally. This emphasis in positioning the visitor’s experience as central to the work has led Cecchetti to introduce resources such as rhetoric, storytelling, music or dance, to establish a non-mediated relationship with the work, transforming the figure of the spectator into a visionary participant.

Cecchetti’s exhibition at Spike Island, At the Gates of the Music Palace, brings together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation, turning the gallery into an immersive concert in which visitors are invited to contribute to the musical score as they make their way through an unexpected sensory pathway.

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Alex Cecchetti’s Singing Chandelier is produced with the generous support of Nicoletta Fiorucci, Founder of the Fiorucci Art Trust. Singing Line is produced with the generous support of Traudi Messini.

Performances within the exhibition:

  • Dancer Tilly Webber and singer Emma Huggett on Friday 4 May, 6-9pm 
  • Tilly Webber: Saturday 19 May, 2–5pm 
  • Emma Huggett: Saturday 2 June, 2–5pm 
  • Tilly Webber: Thursday 14 June, 2-5pm
  • Emma Huggett: Thursday 28 June, 2-5pm

Alex Cecchetti

Alex Cecchetti has exhibited his work broadly and recent solo exhibitions include: Tamam Shud at La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France and Centre For Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Ceataceans, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (all 2017); Comrades of Fear and Wonder; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania (2012); The Police Return to the Magic Shop, Alex Cecchetti et Mark Geffriaud, Jue de Paume, Paris (2011). Cecchetti’s performances have been presented at venues including the Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (2014); and MAXXI museum, Rome (2012). 

Emma Huggett

Emma Huggett is a second-year philosophy student and Vice-Chancellor’s Music Scholar at the University of Bristol. Until 2016, she studied at the Royal College of Music (JD) where she was awarded the Concordia Foundation Singing Prize. Recently, Emma has performed Vivaldi’s Gloria (London Pro Arte Choir), Bach’s Cantata BVW 140 (Bristol University Singers), and Bach’s Cantata BVW 51 (University of Bristol Baroque Ensemble). She is also the company director of Love Opera, which aims to make opera accessible through updated and innovative productions using unusual performance spaces.

Tilly Webber

Tilly Webber trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2008. She has worked extensively as a freelance performer working with an electric mix of artists and companies. Whilst touring and teaching nationally and internationally, she is also a movement and rehearsal director for companies. She has performed in operas and in music videos. Alongside performing, she is a qualified yoga teacher and practices meditation which is a vital part of her practice.