Spartacus Chetwynd

A live competition for the glory of a ride on ‘The Cat Bus’

Spartacus Chetwynd creates a new and unique performance based on a live game show, in which two teams, ‘The Oppressed Purée’ and ‘Women Who Refuse To Grow Old Gracefully’, compete.

Accompanied by a chamber orchestra recreating seal music, they perform mime and dance routines in order to compete for the glory of a ride on ‘The Cat Bus’, a character brought to life from Studio Ghibli’s anime film, Totoro My Neighbour. The spirited event incorporates Chetwynd’s interest in amateur performance, handmade costume, and a number of conflating influences, ranging from Mae West to John Waters, via Doris Lessing and the Marx Brothers.

Spartacus Chetwynd (b.1973) is a British artist, based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘The Snail Race’, Massimo de Carlo, Milan and ‘Help! I'm Trapped in a Muzuzah Factory’, Le Consortium, Dijon (both 2008) and ‘Spartacus Chetwynd’, Migros museum, Zurich (2007). Recent group exhibitions include: South London Cultural Centre, London and Royal Academy, London (both 2009).