Notorious - The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein
Notorious probes another world, exploring pop-fetishisations of death, ritual re-birth, and the spectral purity behind The Famous’ whorish behaviour.
Pulling from the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj, and The Famous’ own legendary self(ie), Notorious explores the redemptive death and resurrection of witches and bitches. In The Famous’ quest for her pure self, ghost-babies, fortune tellers, and hairy-beasts will rise and ruin. True Self-Ness might just manifest from behind The Famous’ unearthly gaze, if she can put her slutty soul to rest…
Beware the horny ghost.
Research and development supported by Arts Council England, PACT Zollverein, Kone Foundation and the Barbican. Commissioned by Fierce Festival and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
In Company Collective are providing support towards the strategic development of Notorious ahead of its premiere in autumn 2017. In the immediate, for more information on this project contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein
Since 2010, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein has developed a substantial body of work (Splat!, How to Become a Cupcake, How 2 Become 1, Lady Love, Cherry Pop, Women are Pathetic and How to be Amazing) presented in Live Art, Dance, and Theatre contexts including The Barbican (London, UK), SPILL Festival (London, UK), In Between Time Festival (Bristol, UK), Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK), Duckie (London, UK), Fresh AiR (London, UK), The Basement (Brighton, UK), FEM Fest (Girona, Spain), and Abrons Art Center (New York, U.S.), gaining respect and notoriety within the Live Art world (‘Darling of the alternative performance scene’ - Time Out).
Her most prominent work to date, Splat!, commissioned by SPILL Festival of Performance, premiered as the opening of SPILL 2013 at The Barbican, London. It was named Time Out’s ‘Critic’s Choice in Dance’, one of Time Out’s ‘Must See Shows of 2013’, one of The Stage’s ‘Dance Picks of 2013’, and one of The Guardian’s ‘Theatre Picks’. A segment on Splat!, and Holstein’s wider practice, was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
Holstein holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London, and has lectured at various universities, including Chelsea College of Art, Laban Conservatory of Dance, and Iceland Academy of Arts. She has published several articles and book chapters in academic and journalistic contexts.