small gifts

give what you can, take what you need - Wunderbar festival, Newcastle

Sat, 7 Nov 2009, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sun, 8 Nov 2009, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

give what you can, take what you need is a playful exploration of notions of community and conversation through gift exchange.

give what you can, take what you need - St Nicholas' Arcade, Lancaster

Wed, 26 Nov 2008, 2:00pm
Thu, 27 Nov 2008, 2:00pm

In the lead-up to the Lancaster performance of Dinner With America, Rajni delivers a free participatory experience taking place in St Nicholas' Arcade in the centre of Lancaster. Drawing on Shah's ongoing research into gift-giving as intervention in public space, this interactive performance takes place in busy communal areas.

Altars of us all / speaking to strangers (Fribourg, Switzerland)

Tue, 24 Jun 2008 (All day) - Thu, 3 Jul 2008 (All day)

As part of the Belluard Bollwerk International festival, Rajni will run a series of workshops which are open to everyone, during which participants will be invited to explore their personal relationship to and experiences of Fribourg.

small gifts: tea - London

Sun, 4 May 2008, 2:00pm

part of The Chelsea Theatre’s Sacred 08 season

foyer space
The Chelsea Theatre
World's End Place
Kings Road, London SW10 0DR

http://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/sacred08.htm

bookings: see website

give what you can, take what you need - Manchester

Fri, 2 May 2008, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 3 May 2008, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Taking place in Manchester's Picadilly Gardens, give what you can, take what you need will be shown between 12-4pm on Friday 2nd May and between 12-2pm on Saturday 3rd May 2008. Free.

Altars of us all / speaking to strangers

2008

"I was curious. What stops me from talking to strangers? What draws me to trust one person, to invite one person into my family and not the other? How can we re-find a way to talk? What would you say to a stranger?"

give what you can, take what you need

2008 - 2009

give what you can, take what you need is a playful exploration of notions of community and conversation through gift exchange. 

Drawing on Rajni's research projects into gift-giving as intervention in public space, this interactive performance is designed to take place in busy communal areas.  Passers-by are greeted by a large dinner table, where various other members of the public may be seated at any time.  Newcomers are invited to take part by accepting a gift, entering into a relationship with the gathering for as long or as short a time as they choose.

give what you can, take what you need was originally commissioned by Futuresonic 2008 and the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, and toured in 2008-2009 alongside Dinner with America.This piece can still occasionally be booked. Please use the contact form.

small gifts: tea

2008

During 2008 Rajni ran a series of workshops exploring gifting for an NHS harm reduction service for women who sell sex from the streets of London. This was continuation of the research series small gifts in which Rajni explored the potential role of gifting in opening up new conversations and perspectives in society.

small gifts

2006 - 2007

The initial small gifts intervention series took place throughout 2006 and 2007, exploring the role of gift and conversation in public spaces. This research was funded by the Live Art Development Agency through their One to One Bursary scheme, and supported by the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, the Colchester Arts Centre and Alternate ROOTS. Continuations of this research included a commission from the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster in association with Futuresonic, and a commission from The Chelsea Theatre in London. Scroll to the bottom of the page for PDFs related to this research. Watch a slightly random section from small gifts: glasgow here (you need to register and login to this site).

Syndicate content