Entanglements of Two: A Series of Duets is a new book edited by Karen Christopher & Mary Paterson, published by Intellect Books, October 2021.
Drawing out the particularities of working in twos, with a focus on collaborative performance making, this book considers the duet as a particular configuration in which to think, the duo a microcosm of humankind, and presents everyday entanglement of form and practice seen through the lens of the smallest multiple unit. The book focuses on a ten-year period in the work of Karen Christopher, alongside wider reflections on the duet as a concept in artistic and social life.
Contributors: David Berman, Teresa Brayshaw, Season Butler, J. R. Carpenter, Sophie Grodin, Eirini Kartsaki, Joe Kelleher, Orit Kent, Andrea Milde, Rajni Shah, Litó Walkey, David Williams, Jemima Yong.
ONLINE LAUNCH EVENT, November 21, 2021 [past event]
LIVE LAUNCH EVENT, LONDON, November 23, 2021: Queen Mary, University of London [past event]
‘Entanglements of Two works, like much performance work, by slow and considered associative thinking. Back and forth ideas go, page and eye, words and reader, meaning and mind, reflecting upon ten years of duet performances whilst also – as the back cover puts it – ‘exploring the practical, philosophical, and aesthetic implications of working in pairs and offer[ing] wider reflections on the duet as a concept in artistic and social life’. […] So far I think this book is a call to action, a learning tool.’
– from review by Rupert Loydell (Tears in the Fence, 30 November 2021)