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  • Our Performance Programme, developed in partnership with UP Projects, offers an unparalleled opportunity for members of the public to freely...

    Our Performance Programme, developed in partnership with UP Projects, offers an unparalleled opportunity for members of the public to freely experience site-responsive performance artworks by some of the most exciting artists working today, and is integral to LGW’s mission of expanding the visibility of London's galleries and their artists. 

  • Touch Song by Adelaide Cioni

    Friday 31 May, 2pm & 5pm

    Location: St James's Church Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL (nearest station: Piccadilly Circus, Green Park)


    TouchSong is a performance about relationships, curiosity, and desire. Cioni says, "most of all it is about the awkwardness of being bodies in the world, having to do with other bodies that carry themselves around the same planet, sometimes the same room". Two hands engage in a silent dialogue made of comings and goings, of tentative, mostly failed attempts to get closer.

    Cioni's performance will be contextualised by a show at The Approach gallery titled True Form. The music is an original score by Dom Bouffard. The choreography is by dancers Evelyn Hart and Hobie Schouppe. Concept, direction and costumes are by Adelaide Cioni. 


    Performance & talk will last approx. 30 minutes




    Transport: Short walk from either Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Line) or Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo Line).

    Access: The entrance to the gardens can be found to the right of courtyard via the main entrance to St James’s Church via Piccadilly. The entrance to the gardens has seven small steps to access. We apologies that the space is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please speak to a member of staff who will assist you on the day, or if you have any particular access requirements you would like to discuss ahead of the day, please contact [email protected]. A small amount of seating will be available and prioritised for those who require this.


    Please note this performance will take place outdoors we advise being prepared for British weather!


    In the land of troubadours (Aşıklar Diyarı) by Nil Yalter and Övül Ö. Durmusoglu 

    Sunday 2 June 2024, 3pm - 4.30pm

    Location: Halkevi - Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre, 31 - 33 Dalston Lane, Hackney, London E8 3DF


    Yalter's work references the Anatolian people's wisdom and knowledge through popular folk poetry and troubadour - or asik - music, as a source of resistance and hope. To facilitate her performance the artist will bring together multigenerational collaborators from Turkish and Kurdish speaking communities in London. Developed with curator Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, this will be Yalter's first performance in London. A mini retrospective of Nil Yalter's oeuvre, featuring new work, titled The Story Behind Each Word Must Be Told  will be on view at Ab-Anbar gallery. The gathering will include presentation from: Ali Yıldız, Gülseven Medar, Zöhre Ülger, Dursun Can, Seda Ates/Oylum Yilmaz, and Canan Batur.


    Performance & talk will last approx. 90 minutes




    Transport: Short walk from Dalston Junction overground station. Bus: 56, 242, 277

    Access: The main entrance to the building can be found on Tyssen St. The performance will take place on the lower floor which has a small staircase to access. The entrance has a lift, and if you require assistance, please speak to a member of staff who will assist you. Seating will be available.



    The Performance Programme is curated and produced by UP Projects in partnership with London Gallery Weekend. The 2024 Performance Programme is delivered with advisory input from independent curator Rose Lejeune.



    UP Projects is the UK’s leading public art organisation specialising in socially engaged public art commissioning. We bring world-class artists out of the gallery and into public spaces to create new work with communities across the UK and beyond. Our work is always responsive to context often activating unexpected corners of...