An achingly beautiful piece of performance exploring identity, transformation and survival in the feral language of the flesh.- audience member
The transformation to each state is matched by spellbinding imagery and powerful ceremony. 'Lost Bodies' offers us a guttural howl of resurrection and reclamation. -audience
Beyond beautiful. Incredibly emotive imagery combined with the strongly aromatic atmosphere made the work all encompassing. This is one of the most intensely raw performances I have seen in a long time, and it made me fall in love with performance art all over again. -audience
The painful beauty of the always inexplicable manifestation of being alive.-Incident Magazine
with Alison Brierley - Image by Vela Oma, Tempting Failure 2016
Image taken by Yuvel Soria at Colchester Arts Centre, 2017
with Sarah Glass - Image taken by Yuvel Soria at Colchester Arts Centre, 2017
Those bodies transpired into the darkness that day.
Their last breath grew wings: pulling the soul from beneath the bones to the next life. Grief births a visceral journey, which swells and tears the skin, spitting you out onto barren lands. There was death and it took me with it.
This new performance is the first few breaths of a new life, with a new voice, in new flesh. In ‘Lost Bodies’- artist Nicola Hunter will be celebrating loss as a strengthening process, a metamorphosis and a return to the wild.
Images taken by Yuvel Soria at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton 2017
Seductive yet also ambiguous, Lost Bodies is an immersive spectacle in which audience and performer are instantly fused and forced into an intense relationship which is both alarming and electrifying by turn. In 2017, perhaps we believe we have the role and sexuality of women sussed. The ancient rites and rituals documented in history are surely a thing of the past and progress is a positive. We have no need for smoke, candles and blood letting. Surely we have banished the days of patriarchal bargaining and the act of marriage/union is rooted in love and equality? Not so according to this piece of work. As audience we are immediately complicit in a narrative and act, which we sense will be profound and moving. We are not disappointed. Reminiscent of the Spanish film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ the veiled and motionless figure of Nicola Hunter is both mesmerising and disturbing. A pagan Miss Haversham with Little Mermaid feet, she bleeds her tormented path around our gathered circle forcing our combined gaze to witness both her pain and ultimate redemption. Lost Bodies is not for the fainthearted as it forces us to confront our deepest ties with ritual and faith in a union that is ultimately rooted in dehumanising femininity. The overall spectacle is rich, inducing an almost catatonic like state of visual concentration. Work that places the performer on a knife-edge. Hunter is mesmerising as the spectral bride at the feast of her own funeral. -Audience Member
LOST BODIES toured across the UK over 2016-2017 and has now come to an end. The show was presented at Tempting Failure CIC, Live Art Bistro, Colchester Arts Centre, Norwich Arts Centre, The Island in partnership with Jacobs Wells Baths, Artsadmin & The Marlborough Theatre Lost Bodies was funded by Arts Council England.