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Posted 27.06.17

Gallery Shorts | Noam Toran: The Jungle

By Sarah Packer

In May, international artist Noam Toran opened his solo show ‘The Jungle’, the first in a series of immersive works drawing from the traditions of political theatre and performing arts from the first half of the 20th century.

To find out about the exhibition, we sat down for a chat with exhibiting artist, Noam Toran – watch it now above.

Filmed and edited by Round One Films Ltd – run by BA (Hons) Film graduates Robert Marshall and Aden Barwick.

From the Soviet Proletkult to the agitprops of pre-war Europe, through to the socialist, anarchist, and union-run troupes in the Americas and European colonies, Noam Toran’s new works revealed how cultural production, through the coalescing of fictional and factual material, has served to inform working-class political consciousness.

The Jungle opened with a free public preview evening of artist talks with Toran and collaborators Alexa Pollmann and Nick Williamson, and a one-off inaugural performance by award-winning dancer and choreographer Julie Cunningham.

Following the opening night performance, the remaining programme for the exhibition was given over to our students, so that they could exercise their own artistic and political voices within the thematic framework of the project.

The Jungle was made in collaboration with Alexa Pollmann, a founding member of the design platform Peut-Porter, and designer Nick Williamson.

The Jungle was made possible through the grateful support of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and Siobhan Davies Dance in London.

Directed by Maxine Aylett. Music by Jinsang - ‘Night Breeze’.